There are some stories in science fiction that are not too far from reality.
First Americans started working on and destroyed satellite with Anti-Satellite missile. Of course, that was cold war era, USSR followed same foot steps. In 2007, China made history by destroying its non-functional weather satellite with Anti-Satellite missile. All these incidents spread lots of space debris in orbit. In each incident, all parties tried to defame each other for their actions.
In 2009, another science fiction becomes reality, two satellites collided in space. Couple of days back, when I read that news, I was like "wow, these things can happen even with so many men and computers working with calculated orbits and paths etc. etc."
Non-functional Russian satellite collided with functional American satellite. Creating lots of space debris in orbit. These debris is threat to other close satellites, Space Station, and next space mission (have to delay that).
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What do you guys think of this incident?
Was it the cold-war era's revenge, or cow-boy style 'test', or sheer accident written by fate (as it could be known for a time by pre-calculating their path)?
Looking forward for your thoughts.
P.S. I hope that discussing technology in tech. forums is OK