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...the way all those satellites up in space in orbit never crash into
one another ... I've never understood how that's possible, apparently there
are thousands of them:confused: ... somebody must be keeping track of
every last one of them ... but who?
 

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Here you go Quinster :)

The low earth view makes you :eek:

Most of it burns up before it hits the Earth :thumbs:

... but then that means they do crash into each other ... seems like a lot
of wasted money to me :)


you could almost call them "Sput-nicked" from our hard earned pockets of cash
 

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I'm going to throw a rather cold bucket of water at NASA.....

http://orbitaldebris.jsc.nasa.gov/photogallery/beehives/LEO1280.jpg

They are fighting for their existence after years of unlimited budgets thanks
to JFK. And they seem to have a lot of people left over from the good times
who don't have much to do. A good scare story like this.. backed up (?) by
some dodgy graphics must keep some money coming in.

That picture tells me very little.. What are the real sizes of the satellites, debris
etc it shows? Is it a slice through the debris or a graphical cartoon of the whole
debris field?

As far as I recall there were about 6-7000 bits of debris out there (it's probably
about 14,000 now) and when you consider the volumes of space involved I would
guess the chances of a collision are pretty remote.

That's not to say we shouldn't be concerned about chucking our rubbish everywhere

I don't think we need to walk around under steel umbrellas just yet :(
 

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most of it will be geostationary anyway, like communications relay satellites and gps
 
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