Solar System Research

, Volume 48, Issue 7, pp 593–600 | Cite as

Rings of debris in near-Earth space

  • I. V. Barmin
  • D. W. DunhamEmail author
  • V. P. Kulagin
  • V. P. Savinykh
  • V. Ya. Tsvetkov


The formation of space debris as an accumulation of small heavenly bodies in near-Earth space is considered. How debris can arise in near-Earth space is described. The accumulation of debris is shown to have a ring structure. The formation and spatial distribution of debris are statistically analyzed. A hypothesis for the formation of debris rings in near-Earth space is proposed.


space research space small heavenly bodies rings of debris 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. V. Barmin
    • 1
  • D. W. Dunham
    • 2
    Email author
  • V. P. Kulagin
    • 3
  • V. P. Savinykh
    • 4
  • V. Ya. Tsvetkov
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Operation of Space Ground-Based InfrastructureMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Applied Physics LaboratoryJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Moscow Institute of Electronics and MathematicsNational Research University of the Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Moscow State University of Surveying and CartographyMoscowRussia

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