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Man-made junk floating around in outer space could wreck weather forecasting

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So much man-made junk is floating around in outer space it could wreck weather forecasting.

The European Space Agency estimates 130 million bits of debris are orbiting Earth ranging from a tool bag dropped by an International Space Station astronaut in 2008 to frozen urine ejected from waste hatches.

Though most are less than 1cm in diameter nearly a million are up to 10cm wide and 34,000 larger.

Even the smallest piece of debris can cause catastrophic damage if it strikes a satellite.

A collision could caused internet connections to fail and services such as Google Maps to stop working.

Weather forecasting, satellite navigation and even banking could be affected.

Some of the debris includes a tool box dropped by an…

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