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Monday, February 12, 2007

China's ASAT Wasn't Just About Politics

It was also the single worst debris event in history.

But China's Jan. 11 test of a primitive anti-satellite weapon against an aging weather satellite boosted the population of trackable debris by more than 900 objects--an instantaneous 10% increase in the 50-year figure--that threaten all spacecraft flying below about 2,000 km. (1,243 mi.).

Luckily, Fox News is reporting China isn't planning any more ASAT tests. An their word is as good as their bond, right?

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