You have to hand it to the folks at NASA. In an effort to educate -- no doubt in part to remind people that, "Hey, people who think science is the devil, it is actually really important -- they produce tons of videos, blog posts and other educational materials that are often times pretty damn fascinating. Case in point: Fermi's (a deep space telescope) close call with a Soviet (in Soviet Russia, telescope look through you) satellite still in orbit after years of spying on America during the cold war.
The video on YouTube, complete with interviews and amazing animation, walks viewers through how NASA scientists were warned of an impending collision and what they did to keep that from happening. Like something out of a movie, they fired the god damn thrusters! Yes! Disaster averted.
But, what struck me while watching it was the still taken from the video above. In case you were wondering, that's space junk.
Looking at that display makes me think a couple things.
Second, what the fuck, world? Didn't Mother Nature ever tell you to clean up after yourself?
Third, what is this, the set design for Idiocracy, just in space?
Fourth, why doesn't shit slam into stuff all the damn time...or does it? Granted, this is a two dimensional image. As such, it doesn't give a great representation of the myriad number of orbits, object sizes, velocities, etc. Even still, that's a lot of garbage floating around up there. In fact, there's a whole damn Wikipedia page dedicated to it.
Who knew? Science, that's who, which is why NASA is so important!