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Slideshow: Orbit-Clogging Space Junk

By History.com Staff
For the second time in history, astronauts aboard the International Space Station took refuge in their lifeboat capsules Tuesday to brace for possible impact with flying trash. A growing threat to spacecraft, astronauts and people back on the ground, orbiting debris has accumulated alarmingly in the decades since space exploration began. But what is the vast cloud of litter encircling the planet made of, and how did all that space junk get there?

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