View Full Version : Two Satellites Collide in Earth Orbit

2009-Feb-11, 09:50 PM
A commercial Iridium communications satellite collided with a Russian satellite or satellite fragment, on Tuesday, creating a cloud of wreckage in low-Earth orbit, according to CBS News. A source quoted in the article said U.S. Space Command is tracking about 280 pieces of debris, most of it from a non-operational Russian satellite. It [...]

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2009-Feb-11, 10:03 PM
Even with the large space, wouldn't there be a sort of critical mass for debris, where a chain reaction can occur and make some orbital areas much more dangerous to be in or pass through? And of course the other problem, how do you begin to try and clean up?

2009-Feb-12, 12:13 AM
all the fragments will burn up... no big deal