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As of January 2019, more than 128 million bits of debris smaller than 1 cm (0.4 in), about 900,000 pieces of debris 1–10 cm, and around 34,000 of pieces larger than 10 cm were estimated to be in orbit around the Earth.
One of the pieces is a hammer dropped by an astronaut which is travelling around the world at more than 17,500 miles an hour.
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Smaller pieces can have the bigger impact than a bullet if they hit people or objects in space while larger items can have a massive impact.
Dr Ashurbeyli said: “Given our ever-growing reliance on orbiting technology, ensuring the lifetime safety of flight for satellites and future astronauts is...
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