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Thu, Feb 12, 2009

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.12.09)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues.

Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be thought-provoking.

Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become future Quotes of the Day.

Let us hear from you, folks!

Aero-News Quote of the Day

"They ran into each other. Nothing has the right of way up there. We don't have an air traffic controller in space. There is no universal way of knowing what's coming in your direction."

Source: Nicholas Johnson, the chief scientist for orbital debris at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. On Tuesday, a defunct Russian military satellite collided with an active Iridium communication satellite in orbit, about 490 miles above northern Siberia... in what is believed to be the first documented case of an accidental satellite collision.

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