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What goes up must come down. Or else.

Feb 25, 2016
Space debris poses major risks for the future of space exploration.
Space debris poses major risks for the future of space exploration.
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One man's space trash ...

Oct 15, 2015
The cloud of debris orbiting the Earth looks to some like a business opportunity.
Space is swirling with thousands of pieces of debris.
Courtesy Lockheed Martin

What to do about all that space junk? Cue the lasers

Oct 5, 2015
For now, we 'watch and hope' that debris in the orbital fast lane won't hit ISS.
GRAPHIC - (CIRCA 1989):  This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) handout image shows a graphical representation of space debris in low Earth orbit. According to the European Space Agency there are 8,500 objects larger than 10 cm (approximately 3.9 inches) orbiting the earth and 150,000 larger than 1 cm (approximately 0.39 inches).
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Junk in space could have impact on earth

Sep 22, 2015
The government tracks debris zooming around the earth at upwards of 17,000 mph.
The Lunar Module 'Challenger' as seen from the Apollo 17 spacecraft after Transposition and Docking manoeuvres during NASA's Apollo 17 lunar landing mission, December 1972. The white dots surrounding it are debris shed by the Saturn S-IVB stage separation.
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