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the kentucky fireball

http://satellite.tmcnet.com/topics/satellite/articles/50489-when-satellites-collide-iridium-33-meets-kosmos-2251.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_satellite_collision

http://spaceweather.com/glossary/fireballreports_13feb09.htm


The 2009 satellite collision was the first major collision between two intact artificial satellites in Earth orbit. The collision occurred at 16:56 UTC on February 10, 2009, at 789 kilometres (490 mi)[1] above the Taymyr Peninsula in Siberia, when Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collided.[2][3][4] The satellites collided at a speed of 11.7 kilometres per second (7.3 mi/s), or approximately 42,120 kilometres per hour (26,170 mph).[5][6]


Iridium, of Bethesda, Maryland, has announced that it “lost an operational satellite” (one of the original 1,234 lb Iridium 33 satellites launched in 1997) after it was struck on Tuesday, February 11, 2009 by in a collision with a defunct 2,094 lb Russian Kosmos 2251 military satellite that had been launched in 1993 and ceased functioning two years later.


Damn. We've truly polluted the first pristine environment outside our atmosphere.

Only the crew of the Toybox can clean up near earth space now!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetes

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keldaryth
Aug. 23rd, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
*waves*

Hi Jin, found ya!
thekit
Aug. 23rd, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Didn't you have an apostrophe in your name?
keldaryth
Aug. 23rd, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
I think I signed up when LJ wouldn't let me use one. I think they still don't. But yeah, it's meant to be Kel'daryth.
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