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In the space facing the Russian and American satellites.

After the collision of two space satellites in orbit has created two clouds of debris.

February 10 at 19:56 Moscow time over Siberia at an altitude of about 800 kilometers facing the Russian military vehicle "Kosmos-2251" and the American apparatus of Iridium-33. This is the first such case in the history of space exploration. Weight of each satellite is almost half a ton. As a result of the collision created two clouds of debris. About 600 fragments of the spacecraft, larger than 5 centimeters, scattered at a height of 500 to 1300 kilometers. When forming such small rubble, they subsequently burned at the entrance to the atmosphere. The Russian space control system is constantly accompanied by fragments of the spacecraft. Data on the quantity of debris is constantly refined.

Collision of two satellites is not an immediate threat either to the International Space Station or to the Earth. ISS orbit is below the point of collision at 435 km.

losses on hand factions spacecraft Roscosmos not. The satellite Cosmos-2251 "was launched into orbit in 1993 and two years later was removed from the Russian orbital group. American satellites, taking part in the clash included a worldwide telecommunications network Iridium, which is owned by a consortium led by the U.S. company Motorola. This network provides global satellite communications, covering the entire surface of the Earth. The satellite was in orbit since 1997 and has been operating.

fly in space, tens of thousands of objects - spent its resource satellites and all kinds of garbage. Since 1957, the orbit was removed about 6 thousand spacecraft. Previously, four cases were reported collisions of small satellites and space debris "(elements serving their missiles).


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