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At some point it stops being space junk and merges into a protective solar radiation shield, right?


Incredibly, there's so much of the stuff that even the International Space Station has to sometimes dodge out of the way of it, with a potentially damaging collision almost happening as recently as June. And when you learn that the junk moves at speeds of up to 17,500 mph (28,164 km/h), it's not difficult to imagine the kind of damage it could do.

By fnord12 | September 2, 2011, 9:34 AM | Science

Reference from SuperMegaMonkey

Link. Solves this problem. Via Yglesias, who of course turns into a general policy discussion....    Read More: Garbage collecting satelitte