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Expert Reveals How Much Space Junk Is Actually out There

A space expert answered a question regarding how much junk there actually is in space.

Luisa Innocenti, head of the Clean Space Office at the European Space Agency’s headquarters in Paris, took on the question.

“Since 1957 when we launched Sputnik, we have launched some 5,000 rockets, which have delivered around 8,000 satellites,” she told Euronews.

“Most of the satellites are dead. They have reached their end of life. Some of them are still operational, only around 1,200. Some satellites have also fragmented and they have created smaller parts, smaller debris, and today we have some 29,000 objects larger than 10 centimeters, which are monitored,” she said.

Check out the video for more answers Innocenti provided regarding space.