Space litter strewn the last frontier and Russia contributed more to the collection than any other country.
New infographic reveals which countries have garbage floating in space and Russia is responsible for 14,403 pieces and the United States comes second with 8,734.
The compiled data shows that more than 30,000 particles from satellites, rockets and other artificial devices are in orbit around the Earth, more than double what was found in orbit two years ago.
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New infographic reveals which countries have garbage floating in space – Russia is responsible for 14,403 pieces and the United States comes second with 8,734. An electronics distributor discovered that there were 30,000 particles from satellites, rockets and other artificial devices orbiting the Earth
Space debris left after missions can be as big as rocket stages or as small as flakes of paint.
With fragments capable of moving at speeds above 16,777 mph, even tiny parts could seriously damage or destroy the satellites.
Data from Space-Track.org enabled an electronic company based in Corby RS components to analyze the number of debris in orbit around the Earth and the country to which they belong.
In 2018, the RC components respected the same data and found that the United States had contributed the most space waste with 4037 and Russia followed with 4035.
Space debris left after missions can be as big as rocket stages or as small as flakes of paint. With fragments capable of moving at speeds above 16,777 mph, even tiny pieces could seriously damage or destroy the satellites
However, in just two years, Russia rose to first place with 14,403 coins.
The United States comes second with 8,734, followed by China 4,688 and France with only 994.
India has seen an increase with 124 more particles in the past two years, bringing its total to 517.
There are more countries on the list, such as Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom, but most have a single piece floating in orbit.
There could be more than 128 million tiny fragments of debris in Earth orbit
- Rocket has launched since 1957: 5450
- Number of satellites in orbit: 8950
- Number still in space: 5000
- Number still working: 1950
- Number of debris objects: 22300
- Ruptures, explosions, etc .: 500
- Mass of objects in orbit: 8,400 tonnes
- Predicting the amount of debris in orbit using statistical models
- More than 10 cm: 34,000
- 1 cm to 10 cm: 900,000
- 1 mm to 1 cm: 128 million
Source: European Space Agency
“Efforts to clean up space have been going on for a number of years, but much remains to be done – and, until then, it seems that Israel and Italy are the countries to follow,” reads in the RC Components report.
“ Although they have done so in the past, these two countries currently have no debris in orbit due to waste that has decomposed since. The UK’s efforts are also significant, with a piece of trash currently in orbit (although four that have in orbit but since decomposed), they are one of the countries working on improved and cleaner space.
With Russia contributing the most in the past two years, the country recently put 65 more coins into orbit.
A rocket used to launch a scientific satellite into space disintegrated after nine years in orbit separated earlier this month and left dozens of debris around the Earth.
The Fregat-SB is a type of space tug and its upper deck was left floating after helping to deliver the Spektr-R satellite in 2011, according to Roscosmos.
Spektr-R was a radio telescope launched by the Russian space agency, but it stopped responding to ground control last year and was declared dead in May 2019.
Roscosmos confirmed that the rocket failure occurred on May 8 between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.BST somewhere over the Indian Ocean.
The Russian space agency is studying the data to find out how many parts it has exploded and where they are currently orbiting the planet.
The US18 space control squadron that tracks all objects on Earth’s orbit says that there are at least 65 pieces of the rocket in orbit.
US18 wrote on Twitter: “ Confirmed that the FREGAT DEB burst occurred on May 8, 2020, between 0402 and 0551 UTC. Follow-up of 65 associated parts – no indication caused by a collision.
WHAT IS SPACE JUNK?
An estimated 170 million “ space debris ” – left behind after missions that can be as large as rocket stages or as small as flakes of paint – in orbit alongside some $ 700 billion space infrastructure (555 billion pounds sterling). .
But only 22,000 are tracked, and with the fragments capable of moving at speeds above 2,777 km / h, even tiny parts could seriously damage or destroy the satellites.
However, traditional gripping methods do not work in space, since the suction cups do not work under vacuum and the temperatures are too cold for substances like tape and glue.
Clips based around magnets are useless because most of the debris in orbit around the Earth is not magnetic.
About 500,000 pieces of human-made debris (artist’s impression) are now orbiting our planet, made up of disused satellites, pieces of spacecraft and used rockets
Most of the solutions offered, including debris harpoons, require or cause a powerful interaction with debris, which could push these objects in unforeseen and unpredictable directions.
Scientists point to two events that have seriously aggravated the problem of space debris.
The first occurred in February 2009, when a communications satellite Iridium and Kosmos-2251, a Russian military satellite, accidentally collided.
The second took place in January 2007, when China tested an anti-satellite weapon on an old Fengyun weather satellite.
Experts also reported two sites that have become disturbingly congested.
One is the low Earth orbit which is used by Satnav satellites, the ISS, China’s manned missions and the Hubble telescope, among others.
The other is in geostationary orbit and is used by communication, weather and surveillance satellites which must maintain a fixed position relative to the Earth.