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CLIP 14346

The danger of space debris

The danger of space debris
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Key Info
  • The danger of space debris
  • Duration: 02:59
  • There are an estimated 35 million objects orbiting the Earth; there are thousands of satellites, nearly 20 telescopes and one Space Station. But most of it is just rubbish, known as space debris, formed from dead satellites, rockets, nuclear reactors and fragments of electronic circuitry. All these objects hurtle around the Earth at 25,000 kilometres per hour with an incredible energy. In 1983, a chip of paint collided with a space shuttle and its force was enough to shatter the shuttle's windscreen. First broadcast on 'Stargazing Live' on BBC Two in January 2013.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Phys: Space Exploration

  • Keywords: StargazingLive, Stargazing, Dara O Briain, satellites, space debris, asteroids, radar, rockets, orbit
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used to introduce higher level GCSE Physics students to how space debris represents a clear and present danger to space exploration.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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