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[i]With the recent discussion of the ISS having to [URL=http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/09/01/2218249&tid=160]dodge some space junk[/URL], many people's attention has once again focused on the amount of stuff in orbit around our planet. What many people don't know is that [URL=http://www.stratcom.mil/]USSTRATCOM[/URL] tracks and publishes a list of over 13,000 objects that they currently monitor, including active/retired satellites and debris. This data is meaningless to most people, but thanks to [URL=http://www.agi.com/]Analytical Graphics[/URL], it has now been made accessible free of charge to anyone with a copy of Google Earth. By grabbing the KMZ, you can not only [URL=http://adn.agi.com/SatelliteDatabase/SatelliteDatabase.kmz]view all objects tracked in real-time[/URL], but you can also click on them to get more information on the specific satellite, including viewing its orbit trajectory. It's an excellent educational tool for the space-curious.[/i]
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