Space Debris and Satellites – A junkyard above our heads – Infographic

As per data released by NASA, Earths orbit is becoming quite a crowded place with over 500,000 pieces of debris. Most of these debris come about by used rocket stages, old satellites and fragments which have come apart from satellites. About 100 tonnes of debris will fall back to earth this year alone, although there are not many cases where falling debris have caused damages down below.

Apart from the useless 500,000 space debris, we have around 750 satellites orbiting earth and providing various services. Out of the total launched space satellites, Russia have launched the most number, with the US in second.

The below infographic provides more data on the debris and satellites orbiting earth. Infographic credits

Space debris and Satellites


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