Thursday, February 12, 2009

Aerospace: Big bang - Russian and US satellites crash into each other

A defunct Russian communications satellite has crashed into a U.S. satellite in orbit. U.S. officials say this is the first time two whole satellites ever crashed into each other in space.

The big bang happened on Tuesday about 780 kilometers above Siberia, creating a huge explosion with many pieces of debris.

NASA, said the floating satellite parts create a small risk to the International Space Station, which flies at a lower orbit than where the collision took place.

However, it will be weeks before the full magnitude of the collision is known.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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