Thursday, February 12, 2009

A first-ever space craft collision

For the first time, there was a serious collision between two satellites in orbit, about 500 miles above Siberia, reports the NY Times. The collision occurred between an Iridium communications satellite (weighing in around 1,200 pounds) and a defunct Russian satellite (about 2 tons). The Iridium satellite is out of commission now, too.

Shouldn't the Russians pay for this? Don't they feel bad? Who knows. They wouldn't return the NY Times' calls.

The collision created all kinds of debris, and poses a "small" risk to the International Space Station.

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