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Orbiting Hazards -- University Of Chicago/ARGOS Satellite Experiment To Study Space Debris

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January 19, 1999
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Above the atmosphere bits and pieces of debris zip around the Earth at tens of thousands of miles an hour. Some of these objects are natural cosmic dust, produced by comets, meteoroid impacts or other natural processes, while others are debris resulting from human activity in space. These objects have caused varying levels of damage to space shuttles, satellites and the Hubble Space Telescope. And although detection systems currently track the largest pieces of man-made debris, many more particles are too small to track, ranging in size from pebbles or sand grains down to particles that can only be seen with a microscope.

Above the atmosphere bits and pieces of debris zip around the Earth at tens of thousands of miles an hour. Some of these objects are natural cosmic dust, produced by comets, meteoroid impacts or other natural processes, while others are debris resulting from human activity in space.


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University Of Chicago. "Orbiting Hazards -- University Of Chicago/ARGOS Satellite Experiment To Study Space Debris." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 January 1999. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/01/990119081011.htm>.
University Of Chicago. (1999, January 19). Orbiting Hazards -- University Of Chicago/ARGOS Satellite Experiment To Study Space Debris. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/01/990119081011.htm
University Of Chicago. "Orbiting Hazards -- University Of Chicago/ARGOS Satellite Experiment To Study Space Debris." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/01/990119081011.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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