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Debris objects - mostly debris - in low Earth orbit (LEO) - view over the equator
- Title Debris objects - mostly debris - in low Earth orbit (LEO) - view over the equator
- Released 10/04/2008 3:43 pm
- Copyright ESA
70% of all catalogued objects are in low-Earth orbit (LEO), which extends to 2000 km above the Earth's surface. To observe the Earth, spacecraft must orbit at such a low altitude. The spatial density of objects increases at high latitudes.
Note: The debris field shown in the image is an artist's impression based on actual data. However, the debris objects are shown at an exaggerated size to make them visible at the scale shown.