• Terrence Aym
Each year that passes space missions in near Earth orbit (NEO) are fraught with greater danger. So comes the sobering conclusion of two of the world's top space agencies: America's NASA and Europe's ESA. So much flotsam and jetsam are now choking the region of space near Earth that even the International Space Station (ISS) has had to change its orbit to avoid disastrous collisions. As the UK's Guardian notes: "Being hit by a 'sugar-cube' of space debris is the equivalent of standing next to an exploding hand-grenade.
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