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  1. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    12 Feb '09 14:32 / 1 edit
    An Iridium communications satellite and a defunct Russian communications satellite going at right angles to each other crashed into each other, a first for the worlds' space programs!
    So the velocity of impact was halfway between (about) being together in the same orbit in the same direction and velocity, or practically zero and hitting headon at a combined speed of some 50,000 Km/hr. So it was like each one slamming into a brick wall at about 25,000 Km/hr. Needless to say, both the US and Russia are monitoring the debris, hundreds of pieces:
    http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/tre51a8ia-us-space-collision/
  2. 12 Feb '09 23:51
    Had to happen!
  3. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    13 Feb '09 08:54
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Had to happen!
    At least this time it was accidental. Already been the more deliberate variety.
  4. 13 Feb '09 11:26
    Makes one wonder: with all the stuff they throw in space, how are they ever going to clean up the garbage?
  5. Standard member Traveling Again
    I'm 1/4 Ninja
    13 Feb '09 23:21
    no longer a big waste of space -- now a big space of waste