During STS-088 in 1998, the first Space Shuttle Mission to the International Space Station ISS, a photo of space debris was captured.

Credit: NASA

Space debris is made of man-made objects such as rocket upper bodies, non-functioning satellites, metal fragments, etc. It is a general term that refers to failed space objects, as well as to debris resulting from explosions and collisions. Including small objects under 10 cm in size, there are an estimated 5.8 trillion pieces of debris currently being tracked from the ground in orbit around the earth.

Credit: IDEA OSG1

Reference: Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
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