Outer Space

A Fleck Of Paint In Earth's Orbit Can Damage A Space Shuttle

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Space debris consists of everything from broken equipment to defunct satellites. It travels in Earth's orbit at up to 28,000 kph (17,500 mph), and poses a serious danger to both spacecraft and astronauts.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Lasers 00:24

  2. Netting spacecraft 00:57

  3. Solar sails 01:25

  4. Slingshotting spacecraft 02:00

  5. Electric tether 02:24

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