Orbital junk speeds past space station

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During the past 40 years, an average of one cataloged piece of debris fell back to Earth each day according to NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office, which issued its first mitigation policy on the problem in 1995. The office is not alone.

Several international space agencies have formed the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee to address the space junk problem. The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space has also issued its own guidelines.

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