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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have dodged a cosmic bullet ... literally.

A small piece of space junk or naturally occurring celestial debris created the tiny hole in one of the space station's wing-like solar arrays at some point in the outpost's 14-year history in orbit. Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield spotted the puncture and posted a photo of it on Twitter on Monday (April 29).

"Bullet hole

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i saw this when he posted it, you would think they would have noticed the drop on voltage being delivered by the array, Then again, who is to say they didnt, they just do not release that sort of information.

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What if some astronaut was taking a space walk ...

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If it hit an astronaut and the Kevlar layers of his spacesuit dodn't break it up he'd be on a world of hurt. Those things travel at ~30 ,000 to 40,000 mph.

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If it hit an astronaut and the Kevlar layers of his spacesuit dodn't break it up he'd be on a world of hurt. Those things travel at ~30 ,000 to 40,000 mph.

NASA experts estimate that millions of micrometeorites and bits of man-made debris orbit the Earth in the range of operational satellites and the space station. These shards of satellites, rockets and rocky debris are traveling at an average speed of 22,000 mph

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Not all the impactors are or co-orbiting orbital debris. Many are pieces of NEO's or cometary debris that travel at the speeds quoted.

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anyways, if one of those hit a more sensitive part of the ISS, that could mean trouble. i always wonder how could the Enterprise travel so fast and avoid this stuff?

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anyways, if one of those hit a more sensitive part of the ISS, that could mean trouble. i always wonder how could the Enterprise

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"Glad it missed the hull."

I doubt they would have been so nonchalant about it if it had.

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andromeda strain.... just sayin

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