The traffic problem in space just got worse. A defunct Russian military satellite collided with Iridium 33, a communications satellite. The theory of "big sky, little plane" does not hold for space any more. Not only do we have to deal with 6000 satellites, some traveling at 17 thousand miles per hour (26,000kph), we also have to deal with the debris they leave behind.
Page last updated at 11:37 GMT, Thursday, 12 February 2009Russian and US satellites collide
US and Russian communications satellites have collided in space in what is thought to be the biggest incident of its kind to date.
The US commercial Iridium spacecraft hit a defunct Russian satellite at an altitude of about 800km (500 miles) over Siberia on Tuesday, Nasa said. [...]