Published on July 8th, 2015 | by Joshua New0
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 Space-Track.org, 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.