The Space Research organizations across the length and breadth of the globe detected abnormal activity in the Geo Synchronous Earth Orbit and the Low Earth Orbit, all at the same time. The observed data was shared among them so were the observations and conclusions. The unanimous conclusion was ominous…
…The manmade space debris was coming together, threatening the life and existence on Earth. It was assuming the size that was far bigger than the largest of the asteroids.
For the common Earthlings, it was a matter of curiosity, to begin with. A part of the sky appeared darker without any cloud cover, as seen from any corner of the globe. It was growing in proportion day by day. From the size of the football to a huge cloud, spread few kilometers across, it appeared looming heavily. The curiosity soon was replaced by the conspiracy theories of the apocalypse which were proving sagacious. Inspite of assurance from the World Governing bodies, there was rampant confusion, panic, anxiety and growing dissent amongst the Earthlings.
Space probes and geostationary satellites were missioned to collect the information about the unusual phenomenon. All the data however remained inconclusive. Advanced level AI failed to provide any insight. It was beyond the man and machine’s capacity to decipher the obvious why and how of it. The only thing that was becoming evident was that the man-made space debris was coming together and gaining the proportion that would threaten the existence on Earth.
Mitigation plans that were charted to stop the debris from falling into the Earth’s atmosphere failed to fetch any positive outcome. Task forces mandated to find the ways to break up the humongous cloud of debris into smaller chunks and to move them away from the Earth’s orbit as well as that of the orbit of manmade satellites failed miserably. The size of the debris, which was estimated at 5,000,000 tons was far beyond the manageable capacity of the existing technology. Debris, on the other hand, was inching closer, ready to strike the Earth any time soon.
Massive evacuation was undertaken to transport the Earthlings to Human settlements and colonies on Moon, Mars, Venus and Titan, which were established in the earlier century.
With the threat looming large and just a few days left for the touch down of the massive cloud of space debris on Earth, the World Head Addressed the humanity on the inter-galactic transmission portal.
“Ladies and Gentlemen. I am here, regretfully, to share a sad news with you. Earth has to pay the price of irresponsible littering of the space. It’s we, the humans who should be condemned for our insensitive acts of polluting the space. We have failed to correct the wrongs of the past. Only option at hands is to leave our beloved Earth behind and settle at other colonies. I hope that you will find a new life and prosper in the new colonies. The next few hours will seal the fate of our Earth which right now seems gloomy. I wish you good luck”
Just when the last batch of evacuees left the Earth, the cloud of debris hit it resulting in a loss of habitat. It triggered the ice age on Earth. Humans settled on other planets witnessed the doom helplessly, mourning their imperceptive behavior over centuries under the guise of space explorations or extending the military capabilities.
The Universe had a sigh of relief which was felt in terms of unusual deflection of the cosmic rays for a while. The Universe completed its revenge by cleansing the Earth and the space around it. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction…