Saturday 22 January 2011

Space Junk Diagrams

The image below was posted by Robert Simmon on Edward Tufte's site - the image shows the objects orbiting the Earth on August 25, 2009. As of July 2009, there were 19,000 objects larger than 10 cm orbiting the Earth—more than 95% of them debris or dead satellites. 

See also the Catalog of Earth Satellite Orbits