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 a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer at Baltu Technologies. Dennis created Unified Pop Theory with his friends in attempt to bookmark and comment on novel intersections of technology, science, and the arts. 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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