We add 1,000 more objects of space junk again: there are already more than 19,500

In January 2018, 18,835 space debris objects were orbiting the Earth, almost a thousand more than in 2016. According to data from the NASA Office of the Orbital Remains Program, updated as of June 30, 2019, Now there are 19,524, another thousand more.

Russia remains the one with the largest amount of garbage in space, with a total of 6,589 objects. ESA and Japan are the only ones that have not generated space debris in the last three months.

Space debris

The NASA program in charge of controlling space debris is the 'U.S Space Surveillance Network' (SSN), and its main objective is to detect, control, catalog and identify these human-made objects that orbit around the Earth. To themselvesand is responsible for predicting when and where an object will fall back on Earth.

If Russia tops the one that produces more space debris, then the United States comes, with 6,581 debris in orbit (39 more since the last analysis). However, the number of fragments generated in this country has been increasing at a faster rate than the former USSR in recent years, the difference between the two being less and less.

In third place we have China, with 4,044 wastes in orbit (4,019 until April 1). Japan 290 objects. India, 254. The European Space Agency (ESA) continues to be the least discarded objects to space, with 145.

Video: Lockheed U-2. Wikipedia audio article (February 2020).