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Fears Of "Explosions In Orbit" As Space Junk Crisis Worsens 

Ever since the start of the space age in 1957, with the launch of the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial Earth satellite, thousands of new satellites and dangerous space debris have been jamming up Earth's orbit, warns the European Space Agency (ESA).

The ESA, which monitors space debris, recently published its annual report on the current state of space junk, describes how accumulating rocket boosters, defunct satellites, and spaceborne shrapnel poses a significant risk to spacecraft.

"The biggest contributor to the current space debris problem is explosions in orbit, caused by left-over energy—fuel and batteries—onboard spacecraft and rockets. Despite measures being in place for years to prevent this, we see no decline in the number of such events. Trends towards end-of-mission disposal are improving, but at a slow pace," Holger Krag, head of ESA's Space Debris Office at ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany, who was quoted by RT News.

Earlier in the year, two older satellites almost collided, meanwhile three separate incidents resulted in near space junk crashes with the International Space Station (ISS). In at least one incident, ISS had to use emergency thrusters to move the station out of the path of space debris.