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Space junk: The cluttered frontier

19 Jun 2017, 13:00 UTC
Space junk: The cluttered frontier MIT

Hundreds of millions of pieces of space junk orbit the Earth daily, from chips of old rocket paint, to shards of solar panels, and entire dead satellites. This cloud of high-tech detritus whirls around the planet at about 17,500 miles per hour. At these speeds, even trash as small as a pebble can torpedo a passing spacecraft.

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