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[Universe] The Trash We've Left on the Space,What is Space trash?

Discussion in 'Science, Religion, Philosophy, and Politics' started by Aehacker, Feb 22, 2018.

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  1. Aehacker

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    You can find it on the surfaces of Venus and Mars and twenty tons of it is actually parked on the Moon! Some call it space trash, others refer to it as space junk or space debris.

    Mankind¹s journey into space began in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite. Since that time more than 4,000 satellites have been launched into orbit. With so much traffic travelling into space, is it any wonder that a little trash has been left behind?
    Rocket boosters, pieces that came loose from spacecraft, and fragments and particles created by space collisions or explosions are other examples of the types of trash whizzing around Earth at speeds of up to 36,000 km per hour.

    Most of the trash burns up when it enters Earth¹s atmosphere.
    The main problem with space trash is the danger it poses to working satellites and manned spacecraft. NASA frequently replaces Space Shuttle windows damaged by orbiting flakes of paint! In Figure 1 above, you see an image of an impact crater found on a Shuttle window. The crater is about 1 millimeter in size and was caused by a "space trash particle" about 100 microns in size hitting the window at a high speed. More than likely, this particle came from a solid rocket motor burn.

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