Map of Space Junk

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a computer-generated picture that shows Earth surrounded by thousands and perhaps millions of pieces of space junk (Link).

ESA says the number of objects in Earth’s atmosphere has risen steadily increasing by 200 per year on average and that there are now 600 working satellites. Collisions, explosions and lost or discarded material from space flights and rockets has resulted in the atmosphere resembling a junk yard with potentially millions of pieces of metal travelling in permanent orbit 20,000 miles above the Earth.

very cool.

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