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Fast-Flying Space Junk a Growing Threat

Fast-Flying Space Junk a Growing Threat

A computer simulation from the European Space Agency shows the movement of space debris at present and in the future.  (Photo: AP FILE)
A computer simulation from the European Space Agency shows the movement of space debris at present and in the future.  (Photo: AP FILE)

Tens of thousands of pieces of space debris — from flecks of metal the size of paint chips to 8-ton rocket stages — circle the planet up to 10 times faster than a bullet, endangering the International Space Station and satellites that must regularly be repositioned to get out of the way. 

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May 23, 2014


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