On Jan. 22, 2013, debris from a Chinese anti-satellite program test hit a Russian satellite.
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Russian Satellite Hit By Chinese Debris Highlights Space Junk Threat

by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 09 March 2013 Time: 08:50 AM ET

This story was updated at 1:10 p.m. EST.

The apparent destruction of a small Russian satellite six weeks ago highlights the growing threat space junk poses to activities in low-Earth orbit, experts say.

The satellite and space junk crash involved Russia’s Ball Lens In The Space nanosatellite, or BLITS, which likely collided on Jan. 22 with a piece of orbital debris spawned by a 2007 Chinese anti-satellite test, SPACE.com reported Friday (March 8). The event adds another name to the list of spacecraft that have had run-ins with space junk.

“It’s not the wake-up call — we’ve had too many of those already,” said Brian Weeden, a technical adviser with the Secure World Foundation, an organization dedicated to the peaceful use of outer space.

Read more: Russian Satellite Strike Highlights Growing Space Junk Threat | Space.com.

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