Around the Earth, 129 million pieces of debris of various sizes randomly rotate.
Our planet is sick, it has Kessler syndrome. This conclusion was reached by several major European scientists and sounded the alarm. Kessler’s syndrome is a diagnosis for near space-there’s too much garbage piled up there, and there’s more of it every year.
The numbers are amazing — 129 million pieces of debris randomly rotate around the Earth. Of these, about 34 thousand objects are larger than ten centimeters, that is, larger than a smartphone; almost a million are the size of a tennis ball; the rest are very small pieces of less than one centimeter. But you can’t dismiss them as annoying flies. These crumbs fly at a speed of seven kilometers per second and even break through the special alloys of spacecraft.
On April 20, in Dortmund, Germany, at the European Special Conference on Space Debris, they will decide what to do. The ideas are as follows: launch special garbage collectors in orbit, or shoot down large debris with lasers. The most realistic thing so far is to introduce an eco-mode for new launches, so that the vehicles will self-destruct after work: fly into outer space or fall to the Ground and burn up. It’s time to call Greta Tumberg, and arrange space subbotniks.