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    Mass orbiting the Earth

    How many tons of artificial satellite matter is orbiting the Earth?
    SHARKS (crossed out) MONGEESE (sic) WITH FRICKIN' LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

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    About 8000 tonnes.
    See page 13 of the NASA Orbital Debris Quarterly News for May 2019

    They provide regularly updated data by number and mass.

    Grant Hutchison
    Last edited by grant hutchison; 2019-Nov-21 at 07:47 PM. Reason: Newer data

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    I think it's weightless.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    I think it's weightless.


    Metric tons. The description may be misleading but it is mass.

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