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On February 10, 2009, for example, the Iridium 33 satellite collided with the defunct Kosmos 2251satellite at a speed of 26,000 miles per hour, creating 2,000 additional pieces of space debris. And as more objects accumulate, more of these collisions are likely to occur.

Space Junk Threatens Cascade of Collisions | PBS NewsHour

We’re terrified of massive asteroids killing the planet, but in truth our own junk might be much more dangerous. 

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