Jake Abbott, a professor at the University of Utah, warned that among the hundreds of millions of Floating debris pieces In space, much of it could end up forming a ring around Earth, similar to the gas giant planets in the solar system like Saturn, adding that the debris could give Earth its own rings made of space junk.
According to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, Abbott and his team are working on a way to clean up debris, placing a magnet attached to the end of a robotic arm and using the eddy currents of the magnets to collect space waste.
NASA estimates that there are at least 23,000 pieces of debris entering low Earth orbit (LEO) is quite large, but there will likely be 500,000 pieces between 0.4 inches and four inches.
The European Space Agency added that there are likely to be 170 million pieces of space debris smaller than 0.4 inches.
More than 27,000 pieces of orbital debris are tracked by sensors from the Department of Defense’s Global Space Monitoring Network.
There are four planets in the solar system that actually have rings, and they are Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, whereby Saturn’s rings are made of ice and rocks of varying size, and can be the remains of ancient comets or asteroids, and the rings that orbit Jupiter and Neptune are fainter and consist mainly of dust .
The rings of Jupiter were likely caused by a number of meteor strikes that struck the planet’s 79 moons.
NASA explains that LEO is now viewed as the world’s largest landfill, adding that removing space debris is expensive due to the scale of the problem, and there can be up to 6000 tons of material in LEO.
Much space debris reaches extremely high velocities of up to seven times the speed of a bullet, and the impact of even a small piece of orbital debris on a spacecraft can cause major problems.
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