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How It Works1 min lettiAstronomy & Space Sciences
How This Junk Is Created
Unspent fuel in tanks and rocket thrusters can explode accidentally, for example due to heat stress. In the past, before fragmentation hazards were understood, satellites were sometimes blown up at the end of a mission. Objects here probably belong t
How It Works1 min lettiAstronomy & Space Sciences
Our Cosmic Junkyard
Although the lower stages of launch rockets fall back to Earth, the upper stages often end up in orbit. Although satellites usually de-orbit at the end of their life, they may fail prematurely and end up stuck in orbit. This category covers objects l
How It Works1 min lettiPhysics
Ocean Current To Electric Current
A cable connects the buoy to the seabed. As its float moves with the water, the cable is stretched and moved up and down. The device is securely bolted to the seafloor so that it remains effective in stormy conditions. Electricity is carried along or