Stories by Lazaro Gamio

Votes on Supreme Court nominees are getting tighter

Most Supreme Court justices are confirmed by lopsided majorities, but since the 1990s, partisan votes have become more common.

The bottom line: Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed Saturday with the lowest number of yes votes for a justice in the history of the Supreme Court.

Data: United States Senate; Chart: Naema Ahmed, Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Yes, there really is a lot of space junk

This visualization shows the 18,120 objects being tracked in low-Earth orbit by the U.S. military's Joint Space Operations Center — including nearly 13,000 that are classified as space debris.

Data: Space-Track; Note: Perigee is the point in a object's orbit where it is closest to Earth. Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Why it matters: As space opens up to more nations, companies and possibly nonprofits, concerns are growing about how to track and reduce debris that threatens satellites and spacecraft.

The state of the space race in 1 chart

In the new century, China has joined the U.S. and Russia as a top competitor in the space race. Here's an interactive look at the government, military, commercial and civil satellites each contender has launched.

Data: Union of Concerned Scientists Satellite Database; Note: Last updated April 30, 2018.