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posted on Jul, 4 2003 @ 10:16 AM
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i found this article interesting
no wonder we dont get many visitors to this planet

www.space.com...




posted on Jul, 4 2003 @ 10:34 AM
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Okay, I'm going to go out on a limb, because my memory aint what it used to be, but I THINK this statement

"But the Space Command can only detect particles larger than the size of a typical melon."

is false.



posted on Jul, 4 2003 @ 10:40 AM
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But I will add also, that the "junk" up there isn't THAT much of threat to the ISS.

First, it's moving in the same direction.
Second, if it's in the same orbit, it's moving at close to the same speed.
Third, the ISS is shielded with MMIS (micro-meteorite impact shields) that are designed to disperse the energy of a small impacting object prior to it contacting the main structure of the station.





 
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