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    What's up there? How many countries have stuck satellites up into space, how many of those satellites are working, part-working or just bits of junk? This graphic may help to enlighten you. Click to enlarge!

    source: UCS Satellite Database + The Satellite Encyclopedia

    © Copyright 2010 Michael Paukner. All Rights Reserved.
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    1. desertdragon 51 months ago | reply

      this is very cool!

    2. frame|aera 51 months ago | reply

      128.684 - die Weltherrschaft naht!

      RULES!!! Sehr geil.

    3. Xoai 51 months ago | reply

      You missed 1 (at least as what I know). Vietnam already has 1 since 2008. It would be really great if you can update this to the next version of the chart.

    4. Wandering Star 51 months ago | reply

      Impressive data-pr0n, Michæl, I'm in awe of your chart-fu. What a bizarre coincidence that Russia, with 2x active devices, and 40x dysfunctional devices, has the same amount of space debris as China!

    5. achuertas 51 months ago | reply

      I work at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Thanks so much for putting this graphic together with our data. I've passed this onto our staff, including the folks who maintain our satellite database. You can reach me at

    6. 彭升 51 months ago | reply

      i wonder how could china made so much orbiting space debris by that little satellites

    7. KevinRussell 51 months ago | reply

      beautiful. thank you.

    8. JARM13 51 months ago | reply

      What , there's around 16,000 of them zipping along up there isn't it ? That doesn't include the little pieces of junk . All that since 1957 and lot's of it has come down already .

    9. anit.das1 51 months ago | reply

      A lot of typos.

    10. anit.das1 51 months ago | reply

      also, =/> is the same as <

    11. Anne_Roth 51 months ago | reply

      great picture. I'd love to have in in my blog ( and will respect your copyright: may I?

    12. Rag and Bone Man 51 months ago | reply

      Nice work! :-)) never seen it represented like this before...

      anit.das1 =/> is NOT the same as <
      =/> means "Equal to or greater than" and < means "less than"... Please take a look here

    13. Ermanno Peressini 51 months ago | reply

      awesome design in these ones!

    14. Kaj-Ivar van der Wijst 49 months ago | reply

      This is really really cool! Love the design as much as the content, really nice! It's a shame though to see how much waste we just throw into space...

    15. Dr. RawheaD 46 months ago | reply

      Love the super low S/N ratio for China :lol:

    16. Space Elevator Guy 25 months ago | reply

      I really like this graphic. It's terrific information, displayed in a very accessible way. I plan on using it in my classroom (naturally, I'll give credit!).

      I'd love to see this re-drawn with a debris limit of 5cm... The US would go up a little, but China would be off the charts!

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