If We Stopped Launching Rockets Now, How Soon Would Earth Absorb all the Space Debris in its Orbit?

Not that long.

There are several orbit altitudes. The one most filled with space junk is the so-called “low orbit.” And because it is low, it is the one that is most susceptible to the atmosphere’s drag. It is estimated that this space waste will enter the atmosphere in a period of ten to twenty years if left untouched.

The higher orbits suffer less drag and would take much longer to be "cleaned." Geostationary orbits are too high for…



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