Space may seem vast, but orbits around Earth are a limited natural resource. Millions of debris fragments now fill these orbits, which threaten any spacecraft that crosses their path.
Satellite technology is relied on around the world and will become even more so. As such, it is increasingly important to protect the unique orbital regions where vital data is gathered for weather forecasting, climate research, communications and location services.
There are many trends that threaten the long-term sustainability of space - increasing space traffic, more complex space operations and large constellations to name a few - but there are also approaches to secure our sustainabile future.
Find out more about how we can tackle space debris and secure near-Earth space for future generations in the joint ESA-UNOOSA podcast that narrates this infographic.