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A space junk collision has left a hole in the International Space Station. A tiny piece of floating space debris struck a robotic arm on the ISS and has caused some visible damage. According to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the robotic arm is attached to the outside of the ISS and “a small section of the arm boom and thermal blanket” has been damaged. The issue was first noticed during a routine inspection on May 12. The arm, called Canadarm2, has continued to complete tasks and planned operations. The CSA revealed the surprising damage in a recent blog post. It said: “While the utmost precautions are taken to reduce the potential for collisions with the ISS, impacts with tiny objects do occur. “One such hit was noticed recently during a routine inspection of Canadarm2 on May 12. “Experts from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and NASA worked together to take detailed images of the area and assess the impact, which occurred on one of Canadarm2’s boom segments. “Despite the impact, results of the ongoing analysis indicate that the arm’s performance remains unaffected.” Thanks to human exploration, space is full of junk and debris just floating around.

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