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Space debris complicates problems for missions and astronaut

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The Department of Defense is tracking almost 27,000 bits of space debris. Despite their diminutive size, they may interfere with missions.

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It’s difficult to know what’s out there when it comes to UFOs and extraterrestrial life.

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Since the launch of Sputnik One in 1957, when humanity first ventured into space, the phrase orbital debris — sometimes known as space garbage — has been in use.

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Space junk is mostly made up of used-up space shuttle parts, defunct satellites and loose fragments from each of those.

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The mass of debris in Earth orbit totals nearly 7 million kilograms, and it ranges from obsolete satellites to tiny flecks of paint.

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By 2020, the roughly 2,200 operational satellites in space were joined by hundreds of thousands of pieces of satellite and shuttle debris of various sizes.

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