View Full Version : Chinese space debris hits Russian satellite, scientists say

03-10-2013, 09:33 AM
Oops!!! (http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/09/tech/satellite-hit/index.html?hpt=hp_t3)

By Melissa Gray, CNN
updated 10:03 PM EST, Sat March 9, 2013

(CNN) -- A piece of space debris left over from a 2007 Chinese missile test collided with a Russian satellite earlier this year, rendering the satellite unusable, a researcher said Saturday.

The collision appears to have happened January 22. That's when it's thought a piece of the Feng Yun 1C weather satellite, which was destroyed in the 2007 missile test, accidentally hit the Russian satellite, said T.S. Kelso, a senior research astrodynamicist at the Center for Space Standards & Innovation.

The collision changed the orientation and orbit of the Russian satellite, which was being used in scientific experiments, Kelso said. It may have also damaged it.

"There has been a piece of debris catalogued by U.S. Strategic Command as a result of that collision," Kelso said. "That would suggest that at least a part of the satellite broke off because of the collision."

An "accident" ehh??? I think not!!!:tinysiren:

03-10-2013, 11:15 AM
That's when it's thought a piece of the Feng Yun
I have seen it on the menu but never tried it.http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6308.gif (http://www.desismileys.com/)

03-10-2013, 02:46 PM
If Beijing is a clue, China ain't particularly interested in the environment - or the trash they leave behind.

It's been predicted that in 100 years there will be so much space junk in orbit around the Earth, it'll be impossible to safely launch any space craft. There will also be too much to clean up.