Has the space junk in Earth orbit really reached a dangerous tipping point?

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Space junk in our orbit. Image: Michael Najjar

Space is a vast and often empty place, but within our own orbit, things are getting pretty crowded. There are millions of pieces of debris, from busted satellites to lost chunks of rockets, encircling our planet. And if you saw the movie Gravity, then you know that these can be deadly. But just how dangerous is this space garbage, really?

While space agencies the world over have expressed concern over the growing quantities of junk in Earth’s orbit, recent NASA models suggest that the  debris have reached a tipping point. This is corroborated by the image from artist Michael Najjar that shows every single piece of real-life junk in our orbit.

Pretty mind-blowing, no? Source

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