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THERE’S A SPEEDING MASS OF SPACE JUNK ORBITING EARTH, SMASHING INTO THINGS

THERE’S A SPEEDING MASS OF SPACE JUNK ORBITING EARTH, SMASHING INTO THINGS Earlier this year, a single rocket launched from India flung 104 small satellites into space. A second Indian effort in June put another 30 into orbit, each roughly the size of a coffee can. In July, a Russian rocket scattered 72 more satellites around Earth, like pebbles strewn from a speeding car. These swarms of small satellites—hard to track and hard to dodge—increase the risk of collision for the world’s vital communication, navigation and defense satellites.    More



(Source: Wall Street Journal - Apr 6)

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