Distribution of space debris in orbit around Earth

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For debris objects bigger than 10 cm the data come from the US Space Surveillance Catalogue.

The information about debris objects smaller than 10 cm is based on a statistical model by ESA.

Number of space debris objects in orbit:

Bigger than 1m: 5 400 objects

Bigger than 10 cm: 34 000 objects (among them are only 2 000 active satellites)

Bigger than 1cm: 900 000 objects

Bigger than 1mm: 130 000 000 objects

Colour code:

Red: satellites (functional or dysfunctional)

Yellow: rocket bodies

Green: mission related objects (covers, caps, adapters, etc.)

Blue: fragments

More information: www.esa.int/debris

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