Debris Population

debris stats

Earlier this year (feb. 2009), 2 orbiting satellites collided prodicing a cloud of space debris highly dangerous particles that could spread the destruction wave to other spacecrafts.

There are about 20.000 objects tracked as space junk. One of the main problems with such debris is not that the fact that considers them as trash, but the potential danger of high speed orbiting objects that can destroy by precious and expensive equipment owned by private or military enterprises. This report from SpaceReview worths a read, follow the link below the image.

Via: http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1417/1

See this video simulation of the crash debris orbiting the planet

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