With the most recent launch of the Space X spacecraft in conjunction with NASA, there are many curiosities that revolve around the subject of satellites, astronauts and equipment moving off the ground for aerospace research.
So, among so many unknowns that come to the writing team, today we will talk about a tool that allows you to see all the space junk that is circling our planet, which is nothing more than satellites and devices that are no longer useful for specific purposes.
Stuff in Space, the website that shows you all the space junk
The website in question is called Stuff in Space, and it has been created specifically to show us real-time information about things that orbit the earth that are no longer important.
Its creation belongs to the project created by James Yoder, an American student of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, who taking data from Space-Track.org, a public website of the US Department of Defense, allows you to view a 3D map with the globe and hundreds of points of different colors.
So as not to get confused among so much garbage, satellites are marked in red, debris in gray, and discarded rocket bodies in blue. When you click on a point, you will be able to display relevant information such as the name, speed, altitude and inclination at which the object orbits. Even if they are satellites or large debris, their orbits are highlighted with blue lines.
In addition to the above, NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office has hinted that about 21,000 fragments of more than 10 centimeters revolve around the Earth, about 500,000 between 1 and 10 centimeters in diameter and more than 100 million particles of less than one centimeter, which is no small thing.
As can be seen in the real-time map of Stuff in Space, we talked about thousands of artifacts and other objects that were once essential to prevent catastrophic events, spread TV and internet signals, and even for military purposes and that is now nothing more than space junk.
According to Jer Chyi (J.-C.) Liou, NASA’s chief scientist for orbital debris, it is more than 7,600 tons of space debris, which is why the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has created CLEARSPACE-1, the first mission to collect scrap off the planet (in this article we have all the information).