There’s a Speeding Mass of Space Junk Orbiting Earth, Smashing Into Things

from The Wall Street Journal

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A growing band of debris and tiny satellites imperils the Hubble Space Telescope and equipment used for phones, national security and weather forecasting. Officials worry the clutter might eventually make some parts of space unusable.


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knocking off five pieces that narrowly missed a nearby satellite

There is no source for this claim. The ESA's report on the incident makes no mention of "five pieces knocked off that narrowly missed a nearby satellite".