Thursday, February 12, 2009

Shades of Tunguska

2 big satellites collide 500 miles over Siberia

Two big communications satellites collided in the first-ever crash of two intact spacecraft in orbit, shooting out a pair of massive debris clouds and posing a slight risk to the international space station.

NASA said it will take weeks to determine the full magnitude of the crash, which occurred nearly 500 miles over Siberia on Tuesday.

"We knew this was going to happen eventually," said Mark Matney, an orbital debris scientist at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Meanwhile, Greg Bishop offers another ufological perspective.


VertigoJones said...

This may seem vaguely paranoid, but what could be a more perfect, practically invisible, and blamefree weapon to destroy Satellites, and therefore communications structures, observation satellites etc. Than a sattelite, a 30 year old defunct military satellite say? Would this actually be possible to do in a guided way? Could we be seeing the birth of extraterrestrial covert ops?

Anonymous said...

This will get real funny once the russians go "Oops sorry USA, looks like one of ours bumped into one of yours this time..."

purrlgurrl said...

Quite awhile back The Discovery Channel or TLC (or one of that ilk) did a show about the amount of junk in orbit around Earth and the real possibility of something like this starting an out-of-control chain reaction of collisions in the space above us. I'll bet that dusty old show gets re-run soon.