And you thought our oceans were bad…

April 30, 2019

Day by day we see the signs that the oceans are tainted, rainforests are being destroyed and millions of animals are going extinct. This is the outcome of the Human Race not taking care of the earth and treating it like a garbage bin that is now overflowing.

People have talked of just moving the trash in other places, but people don’t realize is that we have already done that and now have 28.9 million pieces of trash, debris, satellites and Rocket Bodies above our heads at this very moment.


If this is not a wake-up call to take action, then it is too late for humanity as we have not only failed to keep our oceans and land clean, but we have propelled out trash into the one place even man has yet to fully explore: our solar system.

Although most of the debris is smaller than one centimeter and the largest being 10 centimeters traveling at a speed of 17,000 mph, it is the large communication satellites that are the size of a small school bus and weigh on average six tons.

How scientists get rid of old satellites is determined by how much fuel is left and the distance away from earth they are. For the close satellites, scientists use the remaining fuel to slow it down so it can fall out of orbit and burn up in the atmosphere.

As for the further satellites, scientists use the remaining fuel to project it out further into space requiring more fuel which in turn will eventually slow down and fall back into orbit where it will burn up in the atmosphere.

Trying to clean up our solar system is a question within a question because if we can not clean up our own oceans how can we clean up what less than 2 percent of the human race has traveled to?

All the trash in our solar system cannot be cleaned in a day, but can possibly be thrown back into our atmosphere and burned or brought back down from space and recycled here on earth to create more tools and instruments needed for space travel.

To stay up to date and have a look at how much trash we have in our orbit here is a link to a website where there is a live animation with all the trash and debris along with what company it is from and its orbit along with how long it has been out in space:


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Christopher Martinez, Sports Editor
Christopher Martinez is currently the sports editor for Cerritos College’s Talon Marks. He hopes to transfer to Cal State Dominguez Hills or Cal State Long Beach and obtain his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. His dream is to also receive his master’s in journalism from USC and to work as a Sports Data Journalist for either ESPN, Bleacher Report, or Fox Sports.

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