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Since the Soviet and American space programmes began blasting off in the 1950s, humans have made major strides into the unknown – and left behind vast amounts of junk. This visualisation was created by the UK aerospace engineer Stuart Grey and depicts the 40,000 or so objects that we’ve left in space since Sputnik’s launch in 1957, including more than 17,000 objects still in Earth’s orbit, which pose a considerable danger not just to our satellites but to any spacecraft with humans aboard.
Director: Stuart Grey
How insects become airborne, slowed down to a speed the human eye can appreciate
Ecology and environmental sciences
Life in one of Canada’s northernmost villages, where the land is sinking into the sea
An artistic collaboration across centuries brings a 1432 battle scene to arresting life
Values and beliefs
A funeral director takes in bodies that social stigma leaves unclaimed
History of technology
Reading the strings and knots that keep the secrets of the Inka Empire
Demography and migration
Tension, bureaucracy and deep humanity define life aboard a refugee rescue ship
Nature and landscape
Honouring the caribou, in dreams and memories from an Innu singer-songwriter
Revisiting ‘Powers of Ten’ – what we’ve learned about the Universe since 1977
It’s a massive, winged Cretaceous beast – could a human ride one?