All the Satellites and Space Debris Orbiting Earth


Will the day come when the sun won’t shine on us anymore because of all the satellites (and space debris) we have sent up to space?

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Image credit: ESA

Since 1957, there have been almost 7,000 satellites launched into Earth’s orbit by various countries and private companies. Currently, there are over 2218 of them orbiting Earth. Reduced costs and growing competition has seen an increasing number of commercial satellites, and with them, space debris, reaching space.

Not surprisingly, the USA, China and Russia own the most satellites orbiting the planet. Surprisingly, Luxembourg operates more active satellites than large European countries like Germany, Spain and Italy.

These renderings by ESA show the thousands of satellites and other debris orbiting Earth, leaving the planet hardly visible.

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Image credit: ESA

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