Space Junk Around Earth

For six months, astronaut Ron Garan lived
and worked on the International Space Station, and he saw our world in a way few people can
imagine. The Caribbean is like a glowing jewel. The Himalayas. Middle East, there’s many many really interesting
beautiful places from space. The Space Station gives us the ability to
explore our home planet in a way we never could. But that God’s eye view is getting dangerous. We have a somewhat risky environment that
we’ve created because we are surrounded, our planet is surrounded by this cloud of space
debris. Three, two, one, zero. And we have lift off. For almost 60 years, we’ve launched rockets
and spacecraft into Earth’s orbit, but now thousands of objects from tiny screws and
bolts, to dead satellites encircle the Earth. Transforming the space above us into a junkyard. It seems kinda comical the idea that someday
the, the Earth might actually be surrounded by some ring of space garbage, kind of like
a, a less nice version of Saturn. But it’s a real possibility. Now, the International Space Station is in
the cross hairs. The International Space Station has already
been hit by little bits of debris on a number of occasions and there are no guarantees that
other substantial things might not hit it again in the future. It’s the job of the military to monitor the
thousands of pieces of debris orbiting the Earth. The men and women at Vandenberg Air Force
Base in California are keeping their eyes on the skies 24 hours a day. So currently we monitor and track approximately
23,000 objects in space. Among those is about 1300 active payloads
or satellites, and the rest being space debris from prior launches, or prior collisions. Everyone here should care about what’s going
on with space objects and space debris because we’re so reliant nowadays upon technology
that if something were to happen to a satellite, it’s going to severely degrade our ability
to do certain things. Whether it be ATM withdrawals, GPS or anything. It’s critical that we track space debris,
because it poses a risk to all active payloads, including the International Space Station. Some of this debris, we track up to ten centimeters. Even a piece of debris the size of a small
screw could destroy the Space Station. You can think of a two-centimeter ball bearing
up in space, it’s traveling at 17,000 miles per hour. That force is equivalent to a Jeep Wrangler
traveling at 70 miles per hour. So as the object size increases, the impact
and force behind that collision could be astronomically larger. In June, 2011, Ron Garan found himself facing
that danger first hand. I was maybe four months or so into the mission,
and we got a call from mission control that a piece of space debris was gonna pass a lot
closer than people wanted. If we know about it soon enough, we will change
the orbit of the Space Station. We can boost it up higher or lower, and, and
change it so that we avoid that object. But for whatever reason, this one caught us
by surprise, and we did not have enough time for us to be able to move the orbit of the
Space Station. With the astronauts staring down the threat
of a collision, they’re faced with only one choice. Abandon ship. The International Space Station has several
different ways of trying to deal with potential collisions, but the last-ditch defense are
the two Soyuz space capsules, because those are basically lifeboats. Ron and the crew race to the Soyuz capsules. Now, the only thing they can do is brace for
impact. And then it was just a waiting game after
that. But we didn’t know if it was gonna hit or
not. In June 2011, the crew of the International
Space Station learns their lives are in imminent danger. Space debris is heading towards them. NBC Jeff Rossen watching all of this. Jeff, good morning to you. Space junk was on a collision course with
the International Space Station. Spotted so late there was no time to move
out of the way. Instead, the six astronauts got the order
from mission control. If all else fails, the astronauts on board
the Space Station can climb into those Soyuz space capsules and wait to see whether a collision
actually takes place. If it does, they can in a few seconds detach
from whatever’s left of the Space Station. And then immediately try to return to Earth. Mission control orders the astronauts to the
Soyuz lifeboats. It’s only the second time a crew has been
told to potentially abandon ship. Once we got all the hatches closed, and when
we were all buttoned up in our, in our Soyuz spacecraft, there really was nothing to do
but wait. We discussed, “OK if things get really bad,
this is what we’re gonna do. And we’re gonna undock. We’re gonna…” you know, we started to talk
about that. And then it was just a waiting game after
that. But we didn’t know if it was gonna hit it
or not. Finally, after 15 minutes, word arrives from
mission control. When the object passed the Space Station,
we got a call from mission control that you know, it was all clear, and it turned out
that this object passed within a football field of the Space Station, and the relative
velocity was eight miles per second. So, a fairly large object, traveling that
fast, it probably would have destroyed the Space Station had it hit it. But with thousands of objects orbiting the
planet, the next time they might not be so lucky. There is evidence of hits on the Space Station
and you know, a little piece the size of, you know, a, a grain of sand that you know,make
a bad day. It’s something that should be a major concern. If we’re gonna continue to use the environment
of space for the things that we wanna use it for. Exploring Earth in the 21st century means
capturing it from above. But space debris is not the only threat to
this unique perspective. The sun seems to be always there and unchanging. It’s just this bright ball of light in the
sky. But in fact, it’s changing all the time. And that affects us here on Earth because
we are bombarded by radiation from the sun, both in the form of light and sub-atomic particles. The Earth’s atmosphere is a protective shield
for anyone on the ground. But in space, there’s no escape from the power
of the sun. Solar flares and other kinds of violent eruptions
from the sun are very very dangerous for anybody who’s in space. The amount of radiation that suddenly is pouring
off of the sun at that point, jumps way up. And we can try to create certain kinds of
very shielded areas that the astronauts can hide in, but even those can only offer a very
inadequate protection against the level of radiation that the sun can suddenly release
at those times. An extremely powerful solar storm could send
the crew looking for cover. What we would do is we’d find a place on the
Space Station that offers the most protection. Water turns out to be a fairly good insulator
of radiation. And we do have bags of water on the Space
Station and we’d probably huddle some bags of water into a, into a location and, and
get behind that as best we could. But in spite of that danger, the same powerful
burst of energy also gives the astronauts on the Space Station front row seats to the
greatest light show imaginable. The auroras are just incredible. And there were times on my mission where we
flew so close to the Auroras that you could, you could reach out and touch them. I mean, they were going right by the window,
so it was absolutely incredible. The pictures really don’t do them justice. They really do dance. But what you’re seeing really is the after
effect of a tremendously energetic and dangerous solar storm. The sub-atomic particles screaming across
the solar system at just under the speed of light, are getting swept up by the Earth’s
magnetic field and funneled down into our atmosphere. It’s humbling and amazing. From discoveries at the edge of the solar
system and beyond… …to mysterious asteroids hurtling through
the cosmos, and the search for life in our own back yard, images have transformed our
understanding of the universe. Everyone knows the cliché; a picture is worth
a thousand words. But to me, being a scientist, you have to
find a way to turn cold numbers, just data, into something that emotionally resonates
with people. We are trained to be very very logical, but
all of us really are just like everybody else and we’re emotional and you know, we get excited
about a beautiful scene, and can, you know, just spend hours looking at something and
imagining what it would be like if we were there. And these images are the result of cutting
edge missions, driven by the explorers willing to put everything on the line to capture space’s
deepest secrets. These days I think we’ve seen that there’s
a whole new team of heroes. These teams of scientists and engineers, they’re
the ones inventing these craft. They’re the ones devising these missions. They’re the ones making sure they come off
without a hitch. They’re the real heroes now.

100 thoughts on “Space Junk Around Earth

  1. Anti-science pro-Trumpers are easy to spot in the comments…their ignorance absolutely illuminates them.

  2. Good if that's what it takes to clean the damn stuff up. So be it!. They will wait till someone dies or something happens to even think about doing anything to fix the problem. Then they have the Nerve to talk about a major space station with hotels and all kinds of shit there, shit for the Rich. Then if there is a war that starts, out the window with anything good for anyone else no matter if it curses the WORLD of its problems, the US will get involved and destroy anything and everything they fucken Want to!!
    People say I'm foolish and I just say in a calm voice and it turns to a nasty voice, all of you so-called normal people are so Damn stupid you wouldn't know your ass from a hole in the ground!!

  3. That's what humans have done everywhere. Earth wasnt enough,
    So they polluted space also. This will be one of the worst crisis in near future. They should have planed for this before.

  4. im so sorry i misplaced my satelite somewhere while i was waiting for my imaginary space shuttle!

  5. NASA should bring more atheist to the space for them to see the magical life of the galaxy which is not created by itself through energy, some kind of magnetic field or whatsoever..but its through one mighty God…even robots have their own creator and assemble by many hands..what you think space shuttle or orbiter even rocket booster and ISS built by itself? same as humankind and galaxy did…

  6. @Gavin Rowley It's obvious that you're going to believe anything you're told. If that's how you want to live your life GO FOR IT! I don't operate like that though sir. I do my own research, and look at all sides before I make a determination. There are innumerable amounts of people that don't believe or embrace the content presented in this video. It's all just one big production, and the ultimate goal is to block God. I know u dont believe it, and that's your choice – but all this outter space stuff you're seeing is a bunch of nonsense and all the pics you're seeing of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and any other planet ARE FAKE… There is no space debris flying @17k miles in earth's orbit! They are lying

  7. Hey… Here's a thought! Why not go and fucking CLEAN YOUR SHIT UP?? Instead of spending 24/7 money to surveillance your shit.

  8. Soon we won't have to worry about global warming; the space "junk
    belt" will protect us from the sun and any malevolent space ace aliens.

  9. Sounds like a Dyson vacuum thingy ma'bob. Err, but that's impossible. Because only we stupid humans are capable of putting a shit load of junk in our atmosphere. Not to mention destroying our planet in the process. "We're domed" LOL

  10. These documentaries are inspiring, they show beautiful images, and the technical quality is surprising.

  11. People are not that stupid, they are greedy for money. They are also selfish. The people who run the world don't care about the planet, or other people.

  12. This is freaking hilarious, they travel at 17,000 miles per hour and they had a football field notice to see a wee bit if space junk ?? 🤣

  13. The space station has no bulkheads. So, a quarter inch ball bearing could put them all to death. Perhaps NASA should consider bulkheads. And how about those spacewalks? Will one of our astronauts be shot dead by a 17000 mile per hour ball bearing? It's a good thing they shoot those spacewalks in advance in the NASA swimming pool. I particularly enjoy the air bubbles and the recent addition of the emergency snorkel.

  14. Just another way to show how well they spent your money on fake spacedebris.
    sick NASA liars !!! They really piss me off!
    Heroes my ass…
    ISS is fake! Open your eyes.

  15. well…the planet is covered in garbage….so why should space be different….humans leave garbage everywhere they go….we now have junk on the moon and on mars….its going to be all that is left once we're gone

  16. how much money does it cost to get pretty pictures from the space station….I cant remember a single thing that has justified the costs and risks, besides keeping JPL/NASA funded

  17. stop calling people that are just doing what they are paid to do, heroes…it diminishes actual heroic deeds to the point of being meaningless…its over used…there are very few actual hero's…and scientists aren't that….fall a grenade or risk your own life to save another, that's a hero…

  18. The aliens must have said; whatta filthy muthafuckers! And whatta fuck did you all think the blackholes were meant for?

  19. I wish they would change the formula of documentaries. You see one you’ve seen them all.

  20. this is the dumbest thing ever what a joke…. WAKE UP PEOPLE SPACE IS FAKE!!!! STOP BEING A ZOMBIE ASK FOR PROOF NOT CARTOONS!!!!

  21. SO what about the HUGE PLANET-DESTROYING ONE that you guys "missed"??? How about the 12 foot one that landed in the Caribbean?

  22. 600 years ago we mastered the sea….. 100 years from now….. We will master the space……

  23. add a layer of ice around the space station, a sphere of ice, massive, huge spheres of ice to act as shields
    movable collapsable shields made of ice

  24. So these adults still don't know how to pick up after themselves. One of the first things our mothers tried to teach us. Give someone a degree and all if a sudden think he doesn't have to follow the basics. I hope that space junk kills a couple of you fucks.

  25. Did ya hear that folks? He said 'planet'….not a flat disk flying through space. And this is someone who works on a space station in space that surrounds our 'PLANET EARTH' not a disk.

  26. It is nearly impossible to find a picture of Earth from space…NASA puts out the views we are accustomed to seeing. First we should thank ‘em for their generosity publishing these pictures from a Heavenly view…then let ‘em know; they Never Once remembered to photoshop in any “space junk”!!
    People of existing generations so fortunate to be Living in the Information Age yet willingly & joyfully exist in lies and ignorance…Renew your minds

  27. We're one big Challenger accident waiting to happen with so much dependence on technology.

  28. How does the ISS go around the Earth unscathed from crashing into tens of thousands of pieces of space junk floating around the planet is truly a miracle! What's even bizarre is that you never see any of the junk from the all the cameras installed outside the ISS when looking at NASA footage of the Earth while the Space Station travels at 17000 miles an hour in constant orbit. Beats me!

  29. Is this to be the next fad-crisis once the climate change furore has waned ?

  30. You need to have jets that blow air and other satellites that can move debris!

  31. As with any and all problems humans have faced, upon identifying a problem, a solution or adaptation will be found. I'm sick of over-dramatic scare tactics portrayed as having no solution. Killer bees were to invade the US in the 90s and change life as we know it. They've arrived and spread to nearly every state. They've caused almost no injuries due to interbreeding with our docile domestic bees. The result is an almost indiscernible difference in propensity toward aggression. Hence, a decade of dire warnings, fear and apprehension leading to nothing in particular.

  32. If you believe any of this, you are indoctrinated with lies. Do you have a teachable spirit? Investigate and see.

  33. they never show proof🤣🤣 stop the CGI..THINK ABOUT IT ALL THOSE SATELLITES..LOL

  34. man struggles to reach speeds of 2-3,000mph before all known material starts melting,do you really think we can reach speeds of 17,500 mph,what a scam.

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  36. How the hell did our government space agencies ever let the situation get like this? Shameful.

  37. You’re insane all of you trying to scare people and build new mental institutions to keep your gears of bullshit turning !

  38. an asteroid roughly 10 km (6 miles) across hit Earth about 65 million years ago. This impact made a huge explosion and a crater about 180 km (roughly 110 miles) across. Debris from the explosion was thrown into the atmosphere, severely altering the climate, and leading to the extinction of roughly 3/4 of species that existed at that time, including the dinosaurs.

  39. Surprise surprise we pollute the earth now we are doing the same around the earth, just wait I am sure we can screw up the universe

  40. lol. the petty shit you people show in answering each other. its pathetic. you all know everything. wars start this way. instead of bickering, lets find the solution. i think signall11 is right. a giant mannet is the solution. collect our crap and bring it home

  41. apparently this is of no concern since the Earth is flat and orbits are a hoax…..and so are sattelites, cellphones, space stations…..seasons…..every other planet and star in the entire universe is spherical…..but the earth is totally flat…..and for some reason the oceans don't flow off the edge……something to do with gravity…which doesn't actually exist because there is no proof that gravity is real….but there IS a grassy knoll and Elvis is a greeter at a Walmart in Wisconsin…..

  42. NASA is what we were warned about. the Jesuit Military Industrial Complex. there are no satellites; only RF towers and cables under the oceans. we have been lied to 🤥

  43. No but seriously where is the proof ? I've never seen any. Especially not on the internet 🤔

  44. Read my book SPACE FORCE as well as my other books. thanks. & I wish you all peace.

  45. @William Oldfield either the planet will kill us all or some alien fairing Galactic space force will do it to save the planet we are a virus think about it

  46. skip to 6:20 if you wanna avoid typical Discovery channel dramatised anticlimax repetitiveness waste of life. i have a true passion of hatred for these dickheads they have doing talking especially that annoying George mcfly looking " science journalist"

  47. The rock that comes from space comes to the ground – its speed is so fast you can't see it – if its size is equal to a very large plaza – then if it hits the dry ground, an earthquake occurs. If they fall into the water, then a tsunami comes along with the earthquake – if it collides with the earth's rock, it becomes lava with fire. The radius of the Earth is always increasing, due to these rocks, these rocks are falling on each planet, to maintain their gravity. Because of its speed,
      Can't see it, only you can feel it

  48. Question, Is this issue unavoidable having space junk cause y’all might wanna think of the other ringed planets

  49. What if the ringed planets have space debri meaning living situations maybe I just thought it might fit a what if

  50. . The space station will blow up and no more space program for until another lie is thought up . Way to go genius’s

  51. In some 60 years and so much junk? Sounds like a big lie to me. I believe there is some junk upthere, but some is not the ring as they show here.

  52. Did you think about mineing in the space on another planets or big rocks in space the space is full of rare metrials with unlimted amount of it. The humanty still in the begianing of descovering the space they couldnt even travle to another galxsy

  53. Great video title since this is complete garbage! 💩🤥💩
    The International fake station is definitely junk using computerized CGI. In case you were unaware anything from NASA is a joke!
    It's all either photoshopped, uses movie studios, green screens, wire harnesses, swimming pools, more CGI deception and so on. Outer space is fake as hell and no Freemason astroNOT actors ever flew or landed on the moon. No one ever said you had to beLIEve everything the mind control of the government has indoctrinated and brainwashed you with.
    There are hundreds of examples and evidence there is no possibility you live on a spinning curve ball rocketing through space. Don't believe me though, start thinking for yourself, look into things for yourself and question everything!

  54. Now here is your major cause for climate changes… Among other things.

  55. Fot the sake of this planet…Let's not call it junk and call it what it is plain and simple! It's called POLLUTION!

  56. I am actually surprised. I thought we would start pollut space when we all can fly hovercraft cars. You know like Futurama in the year 3000.

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