It might begin with the accidental collision between two orbiting satellites- a rare occurrence, but it has happened, most recently in 2009. It might be the opening shot of new kind of war, begun with a foreign power destroying a critical spy satellite - China demonstrated the capability when they destroyed an aging weather satellite in 2007; the United States followed suit only a few months later. It might even be caused by a large blast of radiation coming from the Sun causing a spacecraft to malfunction and crash into another
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