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Meteor Shower May Cause Problem with Spacecraft
News story originally written on November 15, 1998

The Leonids meteor shower will be the biggest and the brightest on November 17th this year. The meteors could damage satellites in orbit.

If a tiny meteor hits a satellite, the meteor can mess up the electronics inside the satellite. Some scientists like the ones in charge of the Advanced Composition Explorer don't want this to happen. They're going to shut off as much of the equipment on the satellite as they can. That should prevent the meteors from damaging the satellite. Hopefully it will work!

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