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The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite project has begun final testing on a new satellite that will replenish NASA's Space Network. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Aug. 3, 2017, on an Atlas V rocket. Comment?
Traveling at 4.26 miles per second, a tiny aluminum sphere representing a piece of orbital debris, or "space junk," can be seen crashing into a spacecraft protective shield. This test and others like it were conducted to verify that this protective micrometeoroid and orbital debris shield is able to stop sufficiently large impacts. Comment?
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