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‘Space junk’ crashes into and damages part of International Space Station

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A piece of debris smacked into a robotic arm of the International Space Station, leaving a small hole, which operators noticed during a routine inspection last month. No one was injured and the arm is still functional, but the incident calls attention to the problems that the tens of thousands of pieces of space debris currently in orbit could cause. NBC’s Tom Costello reports from Washington, D.C.