COLLISION IN SPACE


. . . .A communications satellite belong to US company Iridium hit a disused Russian military satellite on Tuesday, Russian officials said.

The collision took place 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted the head of the country's space forces as saying.

"A collision occurred between an Iridium 33 satellite and a Russian Kosmos 2251 military satellite," Major General Alexander Yakushin said.

The Russian satellite was launched in 1993 and ceased to function two years later, he added. . . . . . . . . . . .ALTHOUGH COLLISIONS ARE RARE . . .THEY DO HAPPEN . . .BUT NOT TO THE SAME EXTENT AS THIS . . .EACH SATELLITE WEIGHED ABOUT ONE TONNE. . . .DEBRIS FROM THE CRASH WILL DISSIPATE THROUGH SPACE BEFORE BURNING UP AS IT FALLS TO EARTH.HOPEFULLY NOT DO ANY FURTHER DAMAGE TO OTHER SATELLITES.

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