There are many satellites, spacecrafts and rockets in space that are observing planets and other things in space by orbiting around them. It is absolutely natural that any time malfunction may occur and it may not be possible to recover fully. However, Michael Najjar, a German photographer, has created an image showing there are many disused rockets and abandoned satellites orbiting Earth and these space debris has become a serious problem.
There are currently around 22,000 objects in orbit that are big enough for officials on the ground to track. In the above image, each miniature sphere represents an existing object orbiting in space. On the other hand, it has been estimated that there are as many as 370,000 pieces of space junk floating in Earth’s orbit, travelling at speeds of up to 22,000 mph.
However, seeing the above image created by Najjar, in collaboration with the Institute of Aerospace Systems at the Braunschweig University of Technology, NASA has mentioned that these space junks include anything – from old rockets to abandoned satellites to missile shrapnel. In addition, the smaller objects can become a threat to human-carrying spaceships and valuable satellites. In February 2007 for instance, a Russian Briz-M booster stage exploded in orbit over South Australia. This explosion could create a massive problem, but luckily it didn’t.
Therefore it can be said that if the number of space vehicles in space gets increased, then in future, it will be difficult for any spacecraft to leave the planet as there will be less space to move somewhere and still if the vehicle tries to shift, it may collide with the other space vehicle which could be dangerous.
Source: Daily Mail