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

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

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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