Daan Roosegaarde and Scribit open our eyes to the Space Waste above our heads

Human waste has not only caused the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but it is also polluting space, creating orbits of trash around the globe. In an original drawing for write&erase robot Scribit, artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde tackles the issues of space waste - highlighting an emergency that concerns us all.

Scribit, the world’s first write&erase robot has teamed up with artist Daan Roosegaarde’s Space Waste Lab to draw a map of orbital space waste trajectories on people’s walls. The drawing, called “What connects us?”, aims to raise awareness about the waste crisis happening over our heads, and is the latest in a series of exclusive works by contemporary creators for Scribit’s art streaming platform. The drawing is available for download starting from October 1st on both iOS and Android.

“What connects us?” follows up on Studio Roosegaarde’s Space Waste Lab project, made in partnership with the European Space Agency, to think new uses for the 8.1 million kilos of space waste orbiting around the earth. With this drawing, smart vertical plotter Scribit brings you on a journey to space, where man-made debris has already begun to form orbits of trash, making it easier to visualize the crisis and convey its urgency. Tracking the flight of space waste helps a more conscious knowledge to start changing the world.

Scribit will bring you on a journey to space, where man-made debris has already begun to form a peculiarly beautiful orbital map of trash. The write&erase robot can turn the phenomenon into an orbital map for your wall.

Space waste originally referred to natural debris like asteroids, comets, and meteoroids found in the solar system. Since the beginning of NASA’s Orbital Debris Program in 1979, the term has come to include the mass of defunct, artificially created objects in space, especially in Earth’s orbit: old satellites, spent rocket stages and the fragments from their disintegration and collisions.

Artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, in collaboration with space experts at NASA, has previously proposed new and creative solutions to help reduce the amount of space waste and upcycle it into sustainable experiences, such as shooting stars made out of space waste, 3D-printing of moon habitats and a gigantic sun reflector to reduce climate change.

With Scribit, we aim to bring the Space Waste Lab’s mission into people’s homes, allowing them to view it and wonder."

“What connects us? Space Waste” is part of Scribit Originals, a collectors’ series bring featuring drawings inspired by well-known artists, poets and designers, as well as social and environmental causes, into people’s homes and everyday spaces.


Photos by Scribit and Daan Roosegaarde, www.studioroosegaarde.net


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