Thursday, July 30, 2015   |   7,213 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
Flowing ice and a red haze found on Pluto
Posted 7-25-2015 | 83 comments
New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern has referred to the planet as a 'scientific wonderland'....
 
NASA announces discovery of a second Earth
Posted 7-23-2015 | 56 comments
Astronomers using the Kepler Telescope have found the most Earth-like extrasolar planet ever discovered....
 
New mountain range revealed on Pluto
Posted 7-22-2015 | 83 comments
New images from the New Horizons probe have revealed another vast region of mountains on Pluto's surface....
 
NASA releases new 'blue marble' Earth image
Posted 7-21-2015 | 12 comments
The breathtaking image was captured one million miles away by the Deep Space Climate Observatory....
 
Juno spacecraft to reach Jupiter next year
Posted 7-19-2015 | 7 comments
NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft will be arriving in orbit around Jupiter in around 12 months' time....
 
$5 trillion asteroid to pass us by on Sunday
Posted 7-17-2015 | 24 comments
A nearby asteroid loaded with a platinum core is thought to be worth an unfathomable amount of money....
 
First close-up pictures of Pluto revealed
Posted 7-16-2015 | 83 comments
The first ever high resolution images of the surface of Pluto have been unveiled at a press conference....
 
ESA head proposes village on the moon
Posted 7-15-2015 | 29 comments
Director General Johann-Dietrich Woerner has outlined his plans for the future of space exploration....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ