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Navigating the Orbital Racetrack: How the 18th Space Defense Squadron Finds and Tracks Debris

Moving at the speed of nearly 22,000 miles per hour, debris orbiting the Earth poses a significant threat to satellites and spacecraft. Located at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Santa Barbra, California, the 18th Space Defense Squadron plays a crucial role in monitoring and tracking all artificial objects in Earth’s orbit to ensure the safety of our satellites, astronauts, and space exploration endeavors. (Photo courtesy of

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