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Is space debris dangerous?
On 10 February of this year the flight path of the Iridium 33 communications satellite crossed that of the retired Russian military satellite Kosmos 2251. Both satellites were completely destroyed and about 700 pieces of debris were distributed along their paths. Such collisions cannot always be avoided and space debris has become an expensive problem.
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Last update: 23/09/2009 09:48:32