Being able to fling objects into the heavens gave humans another outpost of refuse. The legacy of the space age has been to turn Earth’s exosphere into a rubbish tip. As with other accomplishments, the desecration is accelerating.
Orbital trash is not the only celestial mark man has made. Exploration of the Moon has resulted in nearly 200 tonnes of human refuse, including 96 bags of poo and other bodily expulsions, various personal effects, such as the “javelin” hurled by the 6th man on the Moon, and an abundance of technological discards.