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 "Fox" Bonilla has been a user experience designer, software developer, and digital strategist collaborating with some of the most successful and high-tech organizations in the world. Fox is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer at Baltu Technologies where he is helping create next generation workforce development tools. Fox started Unified Pop Theory with his friends in attempt to bookmark and comment on novel intersections of technology, science, and the arts. Fox 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. Fox can be reached on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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