Of the many satellites flying around Earth I know quite a few first-hand. They carry my fingerprints (although carefully cleaned of course), and most of them happily speed along in their orbit. In 1996, one of my babies became the first working satellite ever to be hit in orbit by a known piece of space debris, knocking off its stabilizing boom and thereby securing its place in space exploration history. You can find out more on 17 March 2012 at Vancouver’s HR MacMillan Space Centre.
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