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Litter in Orbit

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Litter in Orbit

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Litter in Orbit

Litter in Orbit

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More than 9,000 discarded objects are orbiting the earth — everything from rocket bodies to pieces of exploded launch vehicles. Is space junk a threat to the commercialization of space? Can it be cleaned up?

Guest:

Nicholas Johnson, program manager and chief, NASA Orbital Debris Program, Johnson Space Center