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How many satellites are orbiting Earth?

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By Supriya Chakrabarti

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Want to see an interactive space junk map by that demonstrates just how cluttered Earth’s orbit has become? https://satellites.wearejust.com/

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With the amount of space junk, space tourism will increase the amount.

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And when one of Elon’s satellites takes out one of his Mars bound space ships.

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2,347,891 and counting.

Ground control to Major Tom.

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Too many. Also, I wonder how many Communist Chinese killer sats are up there.

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If it’s Chinese, the only way it’ll kill us, is if it falls on us

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How many satellites are orbiting Earth?

Well, I've read the article, and I still don't know the answer to this question.

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And we are contaminating other objects in our entire solar system such as the most recent probe around Uranus!

I am pro science but we need a huge vacuum to suck up the junk.

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Well, how many?

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A ‘huge vacuum’ wouldn’t work in space. Because ‘science.’

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blvtzpk: There is already a space vacuum in orbit.

Instead of coming

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It’s not a a ‘vacuum’,

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It’s not a a ‘vacuum cleaner’, per se. It’s nicknamed as such, but it doesn’t ‘vacuum’ space junk.

Instead, the device ‘grabs’ / ‘latches on’ to space junk, drags it into the earth’s atmosphere, at which time both the device AND the space junk burn up.

It’s costly and still in development.

https://www.npr.org/2019/12/13/787720682/cleaning-up-space-junk

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Let’s see it positive, if the junk is there it is not near here. lol

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There may come a time when a collision wreaks havoc on the technology. Or a massive solar flare may do the same.

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It fits the definition of a vacuum as it draws in garbage and dumps it in a bag known as the atmosphere in this case. And if you understand issues with mass and velocity, you will figure out that this is one damn good vacuum.

Please study before posting wrong information.

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We have polluted our earth and now we are busy competing in polluting our outer space!

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Space is a vaccum.

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It fits the definition of a vacuum as it draws in garbage and dumps it in a bag known as the atmosphere in this case. And if you understand issues with mass and velocity, you will figure out that this is one damn good vacuum.

Chortle!

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We’ve been witnessing that tech ‘for a while now’ @blvtzpk. Notice how it sucks the air out of everything quickly, once it’s present.

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Interesting, but the original question is never answered. What an unsatisfying read. As someone else already asked: So, how many are there?

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TrevorPeaceSep. 20  09:44 am JST

2,347,891 and counting.

Ground control to Major Tom.

Many satellites in decaying orbits fall back to earth and get burnt up. We have more spaceflights than ever now and it's not such a big problemo yet. Space is vast. And the Int'l Space Station is orbiting just fine. I've seen it passing thru the evening sky just last week a few times.

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Interesting....

Satellites looking at earth and no doubt the humans on earth. What am I doing that's so interesting to warrant eyes in the sky.

Remember in the old days when you thought someone was looking at you and your psychologist laughed at you ?

It's a big world out there...and even bigger in space...!

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