Roskosmos: about 7 thousand tons of space debris revolves around the Earth

Roskosmos: about 7 thousand tons of space debris revolves around the Earth

The press service of Roscosmos shared interesting statistics regarding what is happening at the moment in Earth’s orbit.

Initially, the details were given by the head of the information and analytical center TsNIIMash, which is part of Roscosmos, Igor Bakaras, in an interview with TASS journalists.

He noted:

According to various estimates, there are currently about 7 thousand tons of space debris and 3 thousand tons of operating spacecraft, including the International Space Station, in near-earth orbits. ”

According to the head of the information and analytical center, space debris means all artificial objects and their fragments located in space that do not function and can never serve useful purposes, while being a dangerous factor affecting operating spacecraft. In the event of an uncontrolled deorbiting, incomplete combustion when passing through dense layers of the atmosphere, they pose a danger to the Earth, since debris can fall on populated areas.

Bakaras emphasized that the total number of objects of this kind (more than 1 cm in size) is quite uncertain and can reach from hundreds of thousands to a million, specifying that less than 5% of them are detected, tracked and cataloged by ground-based radar and optical means.

Roskosmos: about 7 thousand tons of space debris revolves around the Earth

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