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National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Space Debris.

Orbital debris : a technical assessment/Committee on Space Debris, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, National Research Council.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-05125-8

1. Space debris. I. Title.

TL1499.N38 1995

629.4'16—dc20 95-18686

CIP

Copyright 1995 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

Printed in the United States of America

Cover Illustration: Location of cataloged space objects as of 9:12 p.m. on December 15, 1993. Each dot represents one cataloged space object. Source: Prepared by Kaman Sciences Corporation based on U.S. Space Command Satellite Catalog.



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