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Effects of Worst Satellite Breakups in History Still Felt Today

Known orbit planes of Fengyun-1C debris one mo...
Known orbit planes of Fengyun-1C debris one month after its disintegration by a Chinese interceptor. The white orbit represents the International Space Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Leonard David, SPACE.com’s Space Insider Columnist

Date: 28 January 2013 Time: 07:01 AM ET

The anniversaries of two major space junk events — China's anti-satellite test on Jan. 11, 2007, and the destructive fender-bender between a defunct Soviet Union-era satellite with an operating U.S. spacecraft on Feb. 10, 2009 — are receiving special attention in orbital debris circles.

The Chinese anti-satellite test merited a nod by the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Public Affairs Office from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, labeling it an "Anniversary Milestone: Satellite Shootdown."

The Jan. 11 AFSPC release noted that the Chinese military used a ground-based missile to hit and destroy its aging Fengyun-1C weather satellite, which was orbiting more than 500 miles (805 kilometers) in space back in 2007..... http://www.space.com/19450-space-junk-worst-events-anniversaries.html


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