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Junk in Space
There are currently millions of man-made orbital ruins that make up "space junk". Space junk can be anything from hatches blown off space modules, paint fragments from the space shuttle, or satellites that no longer work. On this website you will help to capture junk that's floating out there in space. Each time you capture junk, you also find a short description of the junk, how it arrived in space and links to additional information. This is an activity that takes less than 5 minutes and is a fun way to learn about man-made orbital ruins.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Environmental science
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1995-1999, 2000 The Regents of the University of Michigan; Copyright 2000-03 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. All Rights Reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-210
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: UCAR- Windows to the Universe