Between the launch of Sputnik on 4 October 1957 and 1 January 2008, approximately 4600 launches have placed some 6000 satellites into orbit, of which about 400 are travelling beyond geostationary orbit or on interplanetary trajectories.
The ESA has a gallery showing the evolution of space debris (more like a series of visualizations) ranging from dust-sized particles to car-sized satellites.
Evolution of Space Debris
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 09:26 AM
I saw part of an interview with an astronaut where he said if you look up and see a shooting star it could very well be some space garbage/debris burning up as it enters the atmosphere.
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