Aftermath

In the aftermath of the Iridium 33 / Cosmos 2251 collision, we now find out that the debris may stay in orbit for thousands of years, poses a serious risk to other satellites and the ISS, and has the potential to set of a chain-reaction of collisions.   I wonder if it isn’t time to make some international policy changes about how we use space.

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Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 Satellite Collision – Analytical Graphics, Inc.

Analysis software company AGI has released animations of the Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 Satellite Collision (38 meg zip file, wmv content) There is also a version up on YouTube.

Images and video courtesy of Analytical Graphics, Inc. (www.agi.com)

Thanks to Iain O’Neil at http://www.astroengine.com