Monday, February 16, 2009

NORAD to Calgary: Watch out for space debris

Interesting story from Saturday morning on NORAD's early warning to Canada: 10 square meter chunk of Russian Progress detritus "heading your way..."
Not to be confused with Cosmos-Iridium incident... News Staff

It was enough of a concern that the North American Aerospace Defense Command -- better known as NORAD -- called the Canadian government to let them know that a piece of space debris was headed towards Calgary.

And the debris was big: a piece of an unmanned Russian rocket, 10 square metres in size.

The rocket had blasted off from Kazakhstan on Tuesday and carried materials for the International Space Station. And when it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, things got a little scary for the province of Alberta.

Read the story HERE.

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