WATCH: The Stuff We've Left In Space

December 30, 2015 4:30 PM

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The same mission also created our first piece of space junk: the rocket body that took Sputnik into space.

By the year 2000, there were hundreds of satellites in orbit — and thousands of pieces of space junk, including leftover rockets and pieces of debris.

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