Infographic: Waste in Space

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Currently, a thick band of levitating space junk—composed primarily of broken satellite pieces and discarded rocket boosters—skirts the Earth. Two or three times a day, a satellite circling our planet narrowly misses a torrent of the orbital debris. This phenomenon has jeopardized not only current space travelers, but future missions as well.

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Sources: NASA, Wall Street Journal, U.S. Space Surveillance Network,, Universe Today, National Geographic, ESA Debris Office