The moon and Earth's orbit are turning into dumping grounds for space debris, and the situation is getting out of hand.
Russia's Luna-25 probe crash and India's Chandrayaan-3 success highlight the growing interest in lunar exploration.
With nearly 100 lunar missions planned in the next decade and thousands of satellites in near-Earth orbit, space congestion is becoming a critical concern.
The moon has accumulated over 200 tons of human-made waste, including rocket boosters and even golf balls.
Earth's orbit is cluttered with defunct spacecraft, rocket stages, and smaller debris, posing a significant threat to operational satellites and future missions.
The nightmare scenario of cascading collisions in space, known as the Kessler syndrome, is a real concern as space debris multiplies.
International agreements have not kept pace with private companies' rapid expansion into space, creating a regulatory void.
Experts urge the United Nations to step in, recognizing the need to protect the orbital space environment and ensure responsible space exploration.