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space junk

Syllabification: space junk

Definition of space junk in English:

noun

Disused satellites and other man-made debris in orbit around the earth: windows on the space shuttle are replaced regularly because of chipping caused by collisions with small pieces of space junk
More example sentences
  • People from across the UK have reported seeing bright objects in the night sky, thought to be meteors or "space junk".
  • More than just an aesthetic problem, space junk can crash into satellites and endanger ships passing through on their way to deeper space.
  • With satellites in LEO typically travelling at roughly 17,000 km/h, any collision with space junk is likely to be catastrophic.

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