To Do: write an essay explaining how space debris occurs and what problems it causes (use details from both texts) How space debris occurs (cause) Problems it creates (effect) Astronaut James Voss dropped a large vise in 2001 in space. (Text 1) It became part of space junk that now orbits the earth. The U.S. and Soviet Union have placed more than 4,000 satellites into orbit. (Text 1) Many of these satellites do not work anymore and are now space junk. Rockets that launch satellites also create space debris. (Text 1) Several of these rockets explode in space every year and scatter pieces of junk throughout space. Astronauts litter in space also. For ex, gloves, cameras, toothbrush, comb, and power tools have been left in space. (Text 1) “There are now 4,000,000 pounds of man-made stuff zooming around earth.” Also, space junk travels fast and can cause damage to space shuttles. A satellite was launched into space on September of 1991. (Text 2) Millions of trash and debris are still floating in space and spinning dangerously fast (about 18,000 miles per hour). (Text 2) Humans keep sending stuff up into space. (Text 2) The satellite broke into pieces that were found in Canada. It can crash into expensive aircraft or the International Space Station (ISS). The junk pile continues to grow.