The human race has turned out to be rather messy, filling our ocean's with plastic pieces and our roads with trash. But space has become our new trash heap, with over 750,000 pieces of space junk one centimeter or larger, circling the Earth.
Swiss scientists are sick and tired of the mess up in space orbiting the planet. This is why they are launching a "janitor satellite" called CleanSpace One, which is designed to help clean up space from all of the debris and junk.
Somebody, finally, has come up with an idea to get rid of the millions of live bullets orbiting Earth. The fact that this idea has come from the Japanese, who have contributed far less space garbage than Russia and the United States, says volumes.
It was a close call this morning for the three-member crew of the International Space Station when a one-third-inch wide piece of space junk, speeding at 22,000 miles per hour came within 2.8 miles of the orbiting station.
There’s now so much junk up there that space missions have to be planned to avoid it. The orbital shrapnel is moving at about the speed of a bullet, and will cheerfully slice up your multi billion dollar spacecraft for no extra fee.