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Iridium 33 + COSMOS-2251 = boom

2009-02-12 23:46:36.872592+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

MarkV plots the courses and muses about the physics of the Iridium 33 and COSMOS-2251 satellites that collided.

(Just realized that "boom" is the wrong title, "explosions in space don't make sound".)

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-02-13 18:46:21.23592+00 by: petronius

Popular mechanics is reporting that the derelict Russky bird had an atomic power source on board, which complicates everything. Linking from there, law school prof Glenn Reynolds (aka Instapundit) discusses the legal issues of who is legally liable here. This could get interesting!

#Comment Re: Possible Debris? made: 2009-02-16 00:23:48.68241+00 by: jeff [edit history]

A video of possible debris? The US Strategic Command says "no." What does MarkV say?