Thursday, February 12, 2009
Top Story: Space Crash!
Flash News! Space crash! An Iridium satellite has collided in orbit with a Russian satellite. This appears to be the first such collision in Earth orbit. Both the Russian Cosmos 2251 satellite and the Iridium satellite were destroyed. Debris may slightly increase risk to the space station, though NASA spokes-creature Beth Dickey says the increased risk is within whatever NASA deems acceptable limits. Iridium Satellite LLC is a publicly traded stock company. This event seems unlikely to be good for earnings, though the company has a spare satellite on orbit which can be put in service within 30 days. (Earnings for Iridium have not been at all impressive.) NASA delenda est