The first space “accident”: a collision of satellites over Taimyr

Above the Taimyr Peninsula at an altitude of 788.6 kilometers on February 10, 2009, the first ever collision of artificial satellites was recorded in the Earth’s orbit. These were the inactive communications satellite Kosmos-2251, which had remained in space without control since 1995, and the American Iridium 33, launched by a commercial company. They collided … Read more