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On this day in space – Feb. 4, 1995: STS-63 Launches ‘Orbital Debris Calibration Sphere

On this day is space, Feb. 4th, the STS-63 launched an orbital satellite to help calculate the level of space debris floating around in space in orbit around earth. Over the course of many years a lot of trash has occurred out there.

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So… the STS-63 is definitely a great tool to have, don’t you think? It is with the aid of space debris like the STS-63 mission that we have been able to asses all the other debris as it builds up over the years.

Let’s just say… according to a “reliable source“, the space junk has built up pretty rapidly since NASA’s inception in 1958.

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So… here is the question: why don’t we actually ever seen any of this so called debris? Look long and hard. I promise you, you won’t find it.

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But hey… what do I know, right? I clearly am ignorant. Don’t let the STS-63 mission full you. They are finding satellite based space junk all over the place!

NASA and the ESA probably don’t release the “actual” footage of the space junk, because they can’t afford to scare the general public. Last thing we need is an outbreak of fear in the world over space giants floating around out there!

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Seems legit NASA!