Collision occurs between US and Russian satellites in first ever space crash

United States And RussiaAccording to news report released by a well known Press agency, an enormous space debris was created by the collision of two communication satellites from the US and Russia on 10th February, which might pose a threat to the International Space Station.

It was confirmed by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that this collision that occurred 500 miles (about 805 kilometers) above Siberia comes as the first ever satellite collision accident in the history of mankind. This deadly collision occurred between an Iridium commercial satellite, launched by the US in 1997, and a Russian satellite launched in 1993 that was believed to be nonfunctioning.

If adhered to Mark Matney, an orbital debris scientist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, "The Russian satellite was out of control. We knew this was going to happen eventually."

The collision that involved the Iridium satellite weighing 1,235 pounds (about 560 kilograms) and the Russian satellite weighing 1 ton is expected to generate a large amount of space debris; however details are not available at moment. NASA is of the viewpoint that it might take quite a lot of weeks to arrive at the extent of damage caused by the accident.

It should be noted here that since the International Space Station orbits 270 miles (434 kilometers) below the collision's impact point, the accident's threat to the space station and the three astronauts on board remains relatively low. Furthermore, the Space Shuttle Discovery that is supposed to be launched on 22nd February also does not face any risk from the accident. However, it has been learnt that the shuttle's launch time would be re-evaluated by US.