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2008-04-16 20:02:52
i think it's cool that earth has it's own ring system now. take THAT, saturn...
2008-04-16 09:24:21
Remember that AT THAT SCALE, each of those satellites would be many times larger than the Empire State Building. It is a VERY misleading photo. At actual size, there would be a LOT of space in between each of those sats (and in fact they would all be invisible...)
2008-04-16 09:10:55
Those aren't JUST non-functional satellites, the orbiting array of objects represented in this picture is composed of *almost all* of the debris that we have left behind on our journeys outside the gravity well. NASA keeps track of all known man made objects orbiting Earth larger than a hex nut (including the eleven bags of astronaut urine that were jettisoned from the Apollo 13 capsule after the malfunction that kept those explorers from landing on the moon). If even a tiny piece of metal debris were to hit the international space station or the space shuttle at the relative velocity of orbital speeds, it could cause them massive damage.
2008-04-16 08:26:37
I would be inclined to say that the objects shown in the image are satellites and other man made objects that are tracked by the ESA. All of the functional satellites would be amoungst it all, but there is still a lot of junk floating around out there.
2008-04-16 08:14:11
Wait wait wait. So you're saying that ALL those satellites are nonfunctional? There is NO way there are that many dead satellites out there.
2008-04-16 07:45:38
Functioning satellites are not junk, it’s the ones that have reached the end of their working life and remain in orbit that are junk. The problem is that the old proverb ‘whatever goes up, must come down’ then comes into play and the junk becomes a threat. At least these things are being tracked because one day we are going to need to get off this ball of dirt and we are going to have to be able to find a way out!
2008-04-16 07:05:24
Satellites are not junk