There are already over 200,000 pieces of space junk orbiting the earth. In a few more decades it will be in the millions. Can scientists clean up this orbiting pollution?
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scientists claim it will stop future generations from getting into space as it increases to millions of small pieces. Smaller pieces can take several generations to fall.
I just don't see it being an issue. Think about a million small pieces strewn throughout the planet surface. Now imagine that surface area doubled. And add to that they're in 3 dimensional space rather than along a 2d plane. Not worth the concern.
I recently watched a NASA documentary that claimed at the current rate of space pollution it will be impossible to get into space in the future. These particles travel faster than bullets. When they collide more bits are created.