Data Visualization Stuff in space

Published on July 8th, 2015 | by Joshua New


Outer Space is Crowded

James Yoder, an incoming freshman studying electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, has developed a real-time visualization of the objects orbiting around the Earth, dubbed “Stuff in Space.” According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, there are over 21,000 pieces of debris over four inches in diameter crowding the space around Earth, posing a risk to spacecraft and space operations. Yoder created this visualization with data updated daily from, an organization promoting space flight safety and equitable use of space. Each colored point indicates the location of a real object, ranging from satellites to old rocket parts to general debris, and mimics the object’s orbit in real-time.

Take a look.

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Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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