The 2007 launch of a Russian satellite left debris in orbit around the Earth.
Tuesday, the U.S. Space Force’s 18th Space Defense Squadron reported that an object with the catalog number 32398 disintegrated on April 15. (May 3). Currently, sixteen bits of space debris related to the incident are being monitored. In 2007, three GLONASS satellites were sent into orbit with the aid of a Russian rocket’s ullage motor. According to astronomer Jonathan McDowell, 64 of these motors are now orbiting Earth.
Satellite operators and mission planners face an increasing challenge with space trash. The European Space Agency believes that there are now around 36,500 bits of debris orbiting the Earth. Approximately one million objects with dimensions between 0.1 and 4 centimeters orbit the Earth. Russia contributed to the debris population in November 2021 with a highly criticized anti-satellite (ASAT) test. Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/old-russian-rocket-motor-explodes-in-orbit-creating-more-space-debris/