This waste has been done by humanity in the last 60 years, starting in 1957 with the launch of the first satellite in space, Sputnik.
Waste is a major problem for governments and companies around the world, with missions and space plans. Scientists monitor this waste to ensure that it does not interfere with or cause a collision with satellites or spacecraft sent into space.
Even the International Space Station has had to change its position several times, in part to avoid such residues that have arisen and to prevent a collision with them that would result in more serious damage to the station and endanger the safety of crew members.
This huge amount of waste pieces may be hard to imagine, but this video and interactive display help us to visualize it. In a graphic view prepared by scientists from the Royal Science Institute of Great Britain, it shows how over the years more and more waste is gathering around the Earth, starting from 1957 to today.
So how did we get to this stage and what can be done about it?
Over the years, after launching the missiles and completing their mission, the parts are unusable. After delivering what they have to deliver, they remain floating in space and orbiting around the starry bodies. There may remain hundreds of years, and the collision between satellites contributes to the waste, which creates thousands of new pieces of waste.
Scientists are already contemplating ways of removing this waste to make space so that satellites can safely orbit around the Earth. Companies such as SpaceX are already working on rockets that can be used multiple times after they managed to return a landed rocket a few days ago – a historic success in the field of space travel and research.