Not only are we filling up landfills with junk, apparently we are also trashing the universe. In 2007, the amount of junk in orbit jumped by at least 25%.
Thousands of nuts, bolts, gloves, cameras and other debris from space missions form an orbiting garbage dump around Earth, presenting a hazard to spacecraft as some of the debris travels at a brisk 31,200 mph.
This space junk includes:
- 13,000 officially tracked man-made objects
- 4 million pounds of stuff
- 200,000+ objects 1 centimeter and larger
This doesn’t count the toolbox lost during the November space shuttle mission.