Russia’s Missile Test Adds to Space-Junk Concerns

Orbital debris created when a Russian missile destroyed a defunct satellite on Monday adds to a problem for the nascent space industry: navigating a growing field of space junk.

The spray of debris generated by the missile test comes as companies and investors spend billions of dollars to send new satellites into the lower reaches of orbit, build space stations and launch private astronauts. Government officials have said junk could slam into satellites or other hardware, disabling operations or even destroying equipment.