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Well, this is why I keep up my CN, not because I'm a Luddite, but because I understand physics and probability.

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From a launch perspective, a thin, wildly dispersed field of coin-sized spalls is much worse than chunks of dead satellites here and there. It's like dioxin: a barrel of the stuff in one place is bad enough, but a few micrograms in everybody is deadly.

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