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Space now a trashy place

As large as space stations or as small as a fleck of paint, about 27,000 pieces of space debris are floating through orbit. A collision between space debris and other matter can be catastrophic given the speed at which orbital objects travel.

In 2019, there were about 20,000 pieces of debris in orbit.
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To read the article, see “Look out below: What will happen to the space debris in orbit?,” October 1, 2021.