Satellites and Space Junk

| 2/3/2009 9:56:34 AM

Satellite Space JunkThe Iranian government recently announced that it launched its first domestically produced satellite from an undisclosed location, the New York Times reports. Political implications aside, the launch adds one more to the more than 900 satellites currently orbiting the earth. The Union of Concerned Scientists has compiled a searchable and free database of who owns those satellites, what they’re used for, and where they are in orbit. Iran was already on the list of countries that either owned a satellite outright or in a partnership, as was the Philippines, the Czech Republic, and tiny Luxembourg. The database gives a little more context to the space junk that’s filling up the sky.