Space debris buildup from 1957 to 2015

This visualisation shows the accumulation of space debris around Earth from 1957 to 2015 using data from It currently stands at roughly 20,000 pieces.

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+16 1. Natan_el_Tigre commented 9 years ago

That escalated quickly! :x
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+14 2. Gringo_el_Diablo commented 9 years ago

Thankfully there is a lot of space in space. Still it looks like an outerspace trash can! :squirrel: lol
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+7 3. mwak commented 9 years ago

and that's why we can't have nice things !
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+6 4. loadrunner commented 9 years ago

Soon planet earth has rings.
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+4 5. fjwjr commented 9 years ago

#4 50,000 years from now is 'soon' on a cosmic scale.......
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+3 6. ringmaster commented 9 years ago

Still things are in close proximity in the movie Gravity? :S
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+1 7. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

Objects are tracked down to 5cm, I think, so some objects are pretty small...nevertheless...
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+2 8. BooTheGoose commented 9 years ago

Seems to show that there is debris only at certain latitudes. Anyone know if that is the case?
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+2 9. Sizzlik (admin) commented 9 years ago

#8 Orbital Mechanics/Dynamics ;) To escape to another planet you first need the right orbit around earth. Hohmann transfer.
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+2 10. kirkelicious commented 9 years ago

#8 The disitinct ring you can see is the geostationary orbit. It is chosen for many applications like broadcast and communication satellites, because the satellites position remains fixed relative to a point on earth's surface. Also, the trajectory of most rocket launches is parallel to the equator to add the spin of the earth to the rockets velocity and save fuel. That explains why most space junk accumulates near the equatorial orbit.
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0 11. buckleg08 commented 7 years ago

oh crap!!!>:)>:)>:)
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0 12. Scotsman50 commented 7 years ago

Lets face it, there is plenty room up there for everything 8-)8-)