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.

More info here, and check out this video from the European Space Agency.