Adrift explores the hidden world of space junk. On March 17th 1958, Vanguard, the first solar-powered satellite, was launched into space. At that time space junk did not exist. Now, over one hundred million pieces of human-made space junk orbit the Earth, including dead satellites, rocket parts, fuel tanks, paint flecks, nose cones and collision debris.
Adrift follows the astronaut Piers Sellers, who accidentally dropped his spatula in space, which became a piece of space junk. Then the film journeys across the remote deserts of Chile with astronomers, and shifts to the threatening skies inhabited by the International Space Station, tracking the crash of a rocket part back to Earth.
This film is part of a combined programme with: Peaceful progress: a graffiti story and Balancing organisms.