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Space exploration and the study of outer space have fascinated humans for centuries. In recent decades, we have made significant advancements in our understanding of the universe and our place within it. From the first manned mission to the moon in 1969 to the ongoing efforts to send humans to Mars, space travel and exploration have opened up new frontiers and possibilities for humanity.

In addition to manned missions, we have also sent satellites into orbit around the Earth. These satellites serve a wide range of purposes that have revolutionized the way we live, including communication, weather forecasting, surveillance, and environmental monitoring.

But, as our presence in space has increased, so has the issue of pollution. Our many launches into space have created debris, including abandoned rocket stages, old satellites, and other discarded equipment. This debris poses a significant risk to future space exploration, as it can collide with, and damage, functioning satellites or even endanger astronauts on space missions. This is an ongoing challenge that will require continued research and innovation to solve.

On this page, you can find data and visualizations on space exploration and travel, satellites, and space pollution.

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