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This Wikipedia article provides information about space debris, the objects in orbit around Earth left over from earlier space missions.  The article introduces the history of orbital debris production as well as the growing concern about collisions between this debris and functional satellites.  Links provide further information.
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Keywords: orbital debris, satellite, space debris, space junk, space waste
Record Creator: Metadata instance created February 21, 2008 by Ann Deml
Record Updated: Aug 02, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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