Space Collision Debris to Orbit Earth for Millenia

MOSCOW (AP) - The chief of Russia's Mission Control says clouds
of debris from the collision between U.S. and Russian
communications satellites will circle Earth for thousands of years
and threaten numerous satellites.
Vladimir Solovyov says the crash occurred in an orbit crowded by
satellites from many nations.
Solovyov told reporters Friday that numerous fragments left by
Tuesday's collision could stay in orbit for up to 10,000 years. He
said that even tiny fragments could pose a serious threat to
spacecraft made of light alloys.
No one has any idea yet exactly how many pieces of space junk
the collision created. Space experts said the collision created
hundreds, maybe thousands, of fragments.

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