After half a century of space exploration we are now faced with what has long been a staple of science fiction – an orbiting junkyard of cast-off space debris. With media headlines periodically warning us of debris falling from the skies, orbital debris – or "space junk" – has finally risen to the forefront of social consciousness. But what is space junk? How did it get there? Just how big, and serious, is the problem?
Narrated by Academy Award® Nominee Tom Wilkinson, Space Junk is the first movie to explore the exponentially expanding ring of debris that threatens the safety of our planet's orbits. From the stunning depths of Arizona's Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits, 22,000 miles above earth, the film offers dramatic visuals, both real and animated, to describe the threat of orbital debris.
Former NASA scientist and the "Father of Space Junk, "Don Kessler reaches back to the beginning of our solar system for understanding and guides us through the challenges we face in protecting our orbits for the future. At risk is the future of space exploration and the safety of the extensive satellite network that powers our modern day communication systems. This visually explosive journey of discovery weighs the solutions aimed at restoring Earth's orbits.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages