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Two old spacecraft just avoided catastrophically colliding in orbit


Two old spacecraft just avoided catastrophically colliding in orbit About 1000 kilometres above Earth’s surface, two old spacecraft have narrowly avoided a collision. If they had hit one another, the smash-up could have created a spray of debris that would be extremely dangerous for other satellites and could set off a chain reaction of collisions. The two objects are a Soviet Parus navigation satellite launched in 1989 and a Chinese rocket booster launched in 2009. Neither has any method of propulsion onboard, so there is no way to steer them away from one another.    More



(Source: New Scientist - Oct 17)

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