It looks worse than it is, but it's still pretty bad.
this picture is frightening. Is this a realistic portrayal of our satellites? the Earth looks like it is being attacked. If I were a friendly alien looking at this picture, I'd think "fuck that" (in alien language) and head off home
@Arkensaw The small bits are just as dangerous as the big ones. Bullets are also small.
This is all fine and good, but at some point we're going to have to actually use this trash for something useful.
They should fly all that crap to the moon!
That picture is highly misleading. Firstly satellites aren't that big. Secondaly there are way more satellites than that in orbit than in the pic. They should have just had a dot for each satellite otherwise they will never fit them all in
So ideally, it would be useful in future to send up some sort of cleanup mission to motor around to as many pieces of debris as possible and throw them to the ground.
"piece of junk" is now a unit of measurement.