Space junk: 20 seriously strange things you'll find in space

Space junk

Did you know there's a whole host of man-made objects, floating around thousands of miles away in space? 


Known as "space junk", they're orbiting the Earth at this very moment. In fact, space agencies in the USA and Russia recently estimated that it could be getting a bit cramped out there, with trillions of tiny pieces of the stuff!

 

Space junk covers all sorts of things, such as items leftover from previous space missions, objects sent up into space from Earth and even some momentos that astronauts have left behind. 

 

Our friends at Solar Centre have put together these seriously cool facts on just what is floating around out there, from family photos to pieces of LEGO, we investigate the weird and wonderful world of space junk!


 

1. Family portrait


Space junk

Believe it or not, this really is floating around in space. If aliens found it, we wonder what they'd make of it...


2. Dead animals


Space junk

Yup, sadly, a little bit like animal testing but in space travel terms, during the 1940s - 60s many animals were sent up into the Earth’s atmosphere to see if it was safe for life to survive in space.


3. LEGO figures


Space junk

Can you imagine three little LEGO pieces taking off on a space mission? Because that's exactly what happened. Cool!


4. Copper needles


Space junk

You'll have to watch your step while floating around in space, because you wouldn't want to step on one of these!


5. Gene Roddenberry's ashes


Space junk

Yes. The very man that created Star Trek had a portion of his ashes sent into space after his death, and this year, his wife's will be sent up to join him. 


6. Space lightning


Space junk

Psst! Did you know lightning sometimes strikes over volcanoes, too?


7. Cannibals


Space junk

Galaxies eat each another? Who'd have thought it?


8. Pizza


Space junk

Imagine you're an alien and it's really tricky to get a pizza delivery. Cue Pizza Hut, who send a salami pizza out into the midst of space in 2001. They must have been over the moon - literally!


9. Tool bag


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That's right, a £650,000 bag of tools is just floating around in space - they must be some seriously pricey pliers! 


10. Nazi space station


Space junk

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11. A cold star


Space junk

Now that's a fact for the playground!


12. Space debris


Space junk

Space junk is orbiting the Earth right now, and travelling at speeds of over 17,000 miles per hour! 


13. Mickey Mouse


Space junk

We've all heard of the face on the moon but this is just getting silly...


14. Astronaut's footprints


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Those footprints have been there since 1969! 


15. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan


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Imagine being so famous that you have an asteroid named after you - that's exactly what happened to American filmstars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan! 


16. Tank of ammonia


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Good job there's no fine for littering in space, hey?


17. Vegetables


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Getting access to fresh veg in space can prove a little tricky, so astronauts are now growing their own in order to get their five-a-day!


18. Rain cloud


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Blimey, that's one cosmic cloud!


19. Urine (ew!)


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Well, when you've gotta go, you've gotta go! 


20. Diamond planets


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A planet made of diamonds, you say? Get us a spaceship, and quick!


Sources and references: telegraph.co.uk, list25.com, space.com, en.wikipedia.org, mashable.com, bbc.co.uk, mic.com, whatculture.com.

What do you make of all that space junk? Let us know by leaving a comment, below! 


Your Comments

IndigoRiver
amazing my dad is a big fan of star trek so when i tell him hell be amazed
KawaiiShark
This so useful.
lizzya9
Eww don't read #19 I don't ever want to go to space NEVER EVER
squiddy plays
EPIC
Dinoslasher
Operation lego figures are they going to send a lego rocket
Bryce_Bennett
Good
KRISTIAN
AWESOME
Squid-lover
Someone should clear that mess up!
pineapple4
amazing
Bight
Good
Annabanana
OMGOMGOMG!!!!!!! I just love diamonds soooo much that I seriously want to go to space! Which- now that I'm thinking of it- never would've said in a long time! ( omg )
Jeff
Wow
lucythesnake
WOW! Amazing! Never knew there was LEGO (R) in space!
findoutkid663
awsome
Rainbowfly
LOL!
turtle999
what????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These surprise me !! 19 is very strange!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Annonomus
Will the space junk crash into Earth's atmosphere? If so, what if it makes it's way through the atmosphere and crashes into earth? Maybe this is how the world will end; it may even start with those Lego figurines!!!
erin2004
some of those are wierd
Mia
WOAH
Elephants and pizza
So much cool stuff!
Chiara
Wow !
SruttiTutti
Awesome article!
Gecko_lover_XD
LOL!!!
Molland
Amazing
elles
i never thought you whould find lego figures
teo
SUPER DOOPER
Derpyface
Ok i never knew there was pizza in space!
Charlotte_E
Very Interesting!
aaron7895
cool stuff bro awesome!!!!! never knew urine was in space
MK-7067
wow amazing bags the Lego figure
Fran2005
Ha Ha! Get me a spaceship, QUICK!
SPACEGIRLGEEK
COOL LOVE SPACE
parotcowboy
Sòoooooòooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool
quest
cooooooooooooooooooooool
PotatoGaming605
Epic! Anyone hungry for some space pizza?
Alice2
Wow- looks a bit messy up there!
Meloetta
so cool and slightly l gross
Dianiece
Other life forms must think we are the junkyard planet and have probably named Earth "Cesspit".
Charlotte123
All of the space junk is so Awesome! Some day I want to go and see it all.
Billllllllllllllllllllllllllly
Epic
Sofia_is_awesome
Awesomely awesome!!!
GooseyRedFox
I think this is all awesome! I want to go to space and see all this stuff! Please can you take me there on my birthday?!
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