Two Satellites Collided Over Siberia in 2009

Two satellites collided over Siberia in February 2009 producing significant amounts of orbital debris. I created this animated gif using this video posted by NASA APPEL.

Iridium-Cosmos collision: Initial debris spread

Debris from the collision between Iridium 33 (green) and Cosmos 2251 (red) spread very quickly. These images show that within a few hours of the collision, the evolution of a debris cloud was already apparent along the orbital planes of both satellites.

NASA released a digital book if you’re interested in learning more about the risks of junk in space.

Dennis Bonilla has been a user experience designer, software developer, and digital strategist. Dennis is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Baltu Studios. Dennis co-founded Unified Pop Theory with his friends. Dennis is a trend finder and idea maker who is inspired by individuals that believe the world can be changed one great project at a time. Dennis can be reached on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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