On Tuesday, high above Siberia, a Russian satellite collided with a US satellite.
This is the first time this kind of collision has ever happened -- at least publicly known.
You gotta figure it was bound to occur: After all, there are hundreds of satellites in orbit -- along w/ thousands of other human-made objects.
Maybe the Russians weren't using their turn signals (again!), or the US satellite was overly aggressive, like a soccer dad on too many lattes.
Soon, there will have to be a traffic cop placed in orbit, just to monitor such accidents.
In space, no one can hear you scream "Looooook out!"
My favorite part of the story Reuters published about the collision is this:
Major-General Alexander Yakushin, first deputy commander of Russia's Space Forces, told Reuters.... "The fragments pose no danger whatsoever to Russian space objects," he said. When asked if the debris posed a danger to other nations' space craft, he said: "As for foreign ones, it is not for me say as it is not in my competency."
Now there is refreshing candor there, isn't it? "...it is not for me to say as it is not in my competency."
Remember that line next time someone asks you something you don't know -- and you don't feel like faking an answer.
And also remember to wear your helmet over the next few days...
Chicken Little was right; the sky IS falling.