In Pictures: 13 awesome and scary things in near Earth space

Space debris, comets, asteroids and cool clouds highlight Earth space news

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The U.S. Space Surveillance Network catalogs debris from the two most prolific events in Earth orbit: the intentional destruction of the Chinese Fengyun-1C spacecraft in January 2007 and the accidental collision of the Russian Cosmos 2251 and the U.S. Iridium 33 spacecraft in February 2009. Here the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office shows the debris from Fengyun-1C and Cosmos 2251 now completely encircle the planet.

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