Artist turns space junk data into fascinating graphic

There's a lot of space junk orbiting the Earth, and graphic artist Michael Paukner knows exactly how to show it to us. Click on the graphic in the gallery below to see the full-sized version of this illuminating diagram showing data from the UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists) Satellite Database.

At first, we yanks might be disappointed to see that Russia has more satellites orbiting the earth than the United States. But Amurrca, as some like to call it, however dysfunctional it is on the planet Earth, has more orbiting functional satellites than any other country. Hooray for us!

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