NASA fury as Russian space debris could ‘completely wipe out’ ISS in ‘explosion’ | Science | News

In a report published this May, NASA said there are presently more than 27,000 pieces of space debris that are being tracked by the Department of Defense’s global Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensors.

However, there is a lot more debris that is too small to be tracked but still big enough to pose a danger to human and robotic spaceflight.

NASA said: “Since both the debris and spacecraft are travelling at extremely high speeds (approximately 15,700mph in low Earth orbit), an impact of even a tiny piece of orbital debris with a spacecraft could create big problems.

“The rising population of space debris increases the potential danger to all space vehicles, including to the International Space Station and other spacecraft with humans aboard, such as SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.”

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