Debris from Anti-satellite (ASAT) Weapons Tests
Depending on the altitude, orbital debris can continue circling Earth for a thousand years or more. To date, there have been 16 destructive ASAT tests, generating over 6,300 pieces of debris. Given the risks that debris poses to future space missions, there have been calls to stop ASAT weapons testing that creates debris.
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