Thursday, November 20, 2014   |   5,150 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in

Satellite collision narrowly missed


Posted on Thursday, 2 May, 2013 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


Image credit: NASA

 
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope narrowly avoids destruction in an orbital near-miss.

The dangers of space debris have re-asserted themselves this week after it was revealed that last year the Fermi Space Telescope came within 700ft of a defunct Cold-War spy satellite, a close call for the space observatory. NASA's Robotic Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis team routinely analyzes the orbital paths of satellites and other objects to predict potential collisions.

In 2009 such a disaster became a reality when an active Iridium 33 communications satellite collided with a dead Russian communications satellite, destroying both objects and leaving a trail of debris behind.

"NASA scientists don't often learn that their spacecraft is at risk of crashing into another satellite."

  View: Full article |  Source: NASA

  Discuss: View comments (4)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 1 May, 2013, 23:13
On March 29, 2012, the science team for NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope learned that a defunct Cold-War spy satellite would pass too close for comfort on April 4. The two spacecraft were expected to occupy the same point in space within 30 milliseconds of each other, which meant that Fermi had to get out of the way. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin on 2 May, 2013, 21:16
Wow, that was close.
Comment icon #3 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 16 May, 2013, 22:55
I wish that there was some way to collect all that junk and recycle it. oh well perhaps at some point in the far future
Comment icon #4 Posted by GirlfromOz on 18 May, 2013, 14:59
We dodged a bullet.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Other news in this category
3D printer installed on space station
Posted 11-19-2014 | 12 comments
The world's first zero-gravity 3D printer has now been set up inside one of the station's science labs....
 
Moon mission to be funded by Kickstarter
Posted 11-19-2014 | 12 comments
A British company is hoping to raise enough money through crowdfunding to land a robot on the moon....
 
Philae discovers organic molecules on comet
Posted 11-18-2014 | 209 comments
Rosetta's companion lander made the discovery after sampling and analyzing the comet's atmosphere....
 
Does Russia have a space weapon in orbit ?
Posted 11-18-2014 | 23 comments
Speculation is rife over the purpose of a secretive Russian spacecraft currently orbiting the planet....
 
Philae probe successfully lands on comet
Posted 11-12-2014 | 209 comments
Rosetta's companion spacecraft has made history today by touching down on the surface of a comet....
 
Rosetta prepares for Philae probe landing
Posted 11-11-2014 | 209 comments
ESA officials have reported that everything is on schedule for the probe's attempted landing tomorrow....
 
ISS narrowly avoids space junk collision
Posted 11-8-2014 | 5 comments
The space station performed an emergency maneuver last month to avoid a piece of orbiting debris....
 
Half of all stars may be outside galaxies
Posted 11-8-2014 | 19 comments
New observations have revealed that the intergalactic void may be filled with orphan stars....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2014
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ