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On May 14, 2009, just ten years ago today, an Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, with two spacecraft, Herschel and Planck.
Space is getting crowded with satellites, bits of rocket stages, parts spun off the International Space Station, all now in constant orbit around the earth. There's the potential for some close encounters with satellites. Until now. Read on.