n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Two satellites collide over Siberia : news notes
|Article Title||Two satellites collide over Siberia : news notes|
|© Publisher:||Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA)|
|Journal||MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Apr 2009|
|Pages||54 - 55|
Despite the vastness of space and satellite operators constantly looking out for possible collisions, two large satellites collided on Tuesday, 10 February 2009. One was Cosmos 2251, a defunct communications satellite launched in 1993 by the Russian Ministry of Defence. The other, Iridium 33, which was still operational, is one of a constellation of 66 satellites forming part of a global satellite phone communications network. Needless to say, the Iridium satellite no longer works - the impact left it spinning out of control.
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