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Resource ID: #19049
Subject: Space
Source: Discover
Date: 2001-12-01


Hundreds of tons of space debris orbit the Earth. It can reach speeds of 30,000 miles an hour as it makes its circuit. As the US puts more permanent installations into orbit, the question of how to avoid or protect against the dangerous debris becomes a task of utmost importance. Lemley asks NASA how the agency goes about protecting astronauts, the shuttle, and satellites from these high speed projectiles.

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