Stuff in space

That is a lot of stuff! :open_mouth:

~17K objects orbiting our little planet.


Can you find the International Space Station?

@ Architect - 17K objects doesn’t sound high enough.

Yes. Type ISS in the search box (top left corner). The designator is 1998-067A

@ Gary - It is relative. :wink:

It was pretty impressive, until I zoomed way in and noticed that everything was moving in real time. :open_mouth: Then it got really impressive.

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Check out Iridium 33 Collision Debris group from the Groups drop-down in the top left corner.

Makes Kessler syndrom more and more likely to happen.

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Get out your laser brooms!


Or if you want to take a retro trip to the internet of 2000:


@ Architect - its simple, we like the benefits that stuff in space gives us, so cleaning up this mess really isn’t optional.

But this site is very very cool!!

I should add this site as it has Upcoming and Recent Reentries of stuff

All we need is a small army of NETMF powered drone satellites that just drift around and push junk into the atmosphere. Can’t be that difficult, right? :wink:

@ Duke Nukem - All the gray dots are trash that travels at several km per second. Only danger for ISS and other stuff that gives us benefits.

@ ianlee74 - Something like that

Yea, basically, but with more NETMF and without saying “green” so many times…

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My dad worked for Goddard Spaceflight Center while I was growing up. I spend lots of days roaming the halls there as a kid. We used to go out to nasa-owned Wallops Island for holidays and watch launches. My dad used to give me all these nasa movies (on reels!) and other artifacts to take to school and share with my classmates. I remember being glued to the monitor when the first Viking images were being displayed, one agonizing scan line at a time. We also camped out at Edwards to watch Columbia land during it’s test flights. When I started work professionally as a young teenager, I was first working on the firmware for the video display hardware that JPL used to process and display the voyager images of Saturn. Space is in my blood. The first thing I do each morning these days is to check for the latest new horizons image. Only a few more days - then the last of the 9 planets of my childhood will finally be explored.

I don’t know if I will live long enough to see affordable space tourism and actually get off this rock one day. It would be cool though.