Adrift: Unwanted and orphaned in space

Last Modified: Fri Nov 18 2016 21:59:38 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 100,000,000
    estimated number of pieces of space debris ring our planet, some 140 miles above us. The smallest of them barely visible to the eye while the largest are comparable to the size of a double-decker bus.
  • 17,500 miles / hour
    Each piece of this vast armada travels at this barely conceivable speed. Any object that found itself in the path – be it satellite, space station or human – would be unlikely to survive the experience.