Questions tagged [space-debris]

Space debris (also known as "orbital debris", "space junk", or "space waste") is the collection of defunct objects in orbit around Earth and includes everything from spent rocket stages, old satellites, fragments from disintegration, erosion, and collisions.

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Parking a telescope at a Lagrange point: is this a good idea from a debris point of view?

The James Webb space telescope is supposed to be located at the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrange point. Do we expect the region around that point to have a higher concentration of space debris, asteroids, dust,...
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If 50 tons or more of debris falls to earth everyday, is Earth getting heavier?

In turn, would that increase our gravitational pull?
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What is the probability of an astronomical body hitting you?

It appears that there is already a calculated ballpark for meteor fatalities, but what about other factors such as space trash, comets, and other miscellaneous items in space? Is it possible to ...