Jesus fucking Christ, we’re on the Moon.

Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing back in 1969. I was only two at the time, but I seem to recall watching it on television in that weird way you remember things you were too young to recall because everyone you’ve ever known has told you about it so many times.

As I recall, it went something like this:

Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s an accurate record of the first words ever said on the Moon.

It’s amazing we can launch any spacecraft without a collision…

What with all the crap flying around up there. Go check out the ESA pics of LEO objects to get an idea of just how crowded the skies over earth really are. Here’s a pic of the current number of satellites around the planet from the point of view of the equator:


Click to embiggen!

From that point of view it looks like there’s no room for space shuttles and probes to make it into space. Obviously there’s still enough room that it’s not too much trouble, but it was still surprising to see just how much crap we’ve got up there.