Authentic Informational Text, Lexile 1110
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Space Junk (Readworks)
What has left tons of “space junk” in orbit around the Earth?
Choose the answer that best completes the sentence below. Years of space exploration have left tons of “space junk”, _______ many scientists are trying to find a way to clean up outer space.
When the space junk snowballs into a larger clump it becomes even more dangerous to other objects looping around the planet. Use evidence from the text to support this statement.
What does the word urgent most nearly mean?
An Italian researcher said, “In our opinion the problem is very challenging and it’s quite urgent as well.” Why did he describe the space junk problem as being urgent?
If scientists do not come up with a way to clean up space junk, what might happen as a result?
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