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With media headlines repeatedly warning us of debris falling from the skies, orbital debris, or “space junk,” has finally risen to the forefront of social consciousness. But what is space junk? How did it get there? Just how big (and serious) is the problem?
Space Junk 3D, narrated by Academy Award® Nominee Tom Wilkinson, is the first movie to explore the exponentially expanding ring of debris that threatens the safety of our planet’s orbits. Harnessing the magical imagery of 3D Giant Screen, Director Melissa Butts takes us soaring, from the stunning depths of Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits, 22,000 miles above earth.See some of the satellites that came back to earth!
Learn More! The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC has a collection of famous satellites such as Sputnik and Explorer 1, which are both located in the Museum's "Milestones of Flight" gallery. Tour the exhibition and learn how they helped us understand the universe.
The full length version of Space Junk is showing at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Click here for showtimes.