Two satellites smashed together Tuesday, creating a spreading cloud of space junk that slightly increases the chance that other spacecraft could be damaged by the debris.
SOURCE: NASA; Union of Concerned Scientists; staff reports | By Patterson Clark - The Washington Post - February 14, 2009
Satellite Collision Adds to 'Space Junk' Problem Article | Satellite 33442 orbits Earth every 91 minutes, circling at an inclination of 56.1 degrees to the equator and gradually slowing down, destined to fall into the atmosphere in late spring or summer and burn up. Aficionados of satellites know that 33442 is a tool bag. A spacewalking astronaut let it...