Two satellites have collided, an Iridium communications satelite and a Cosmos
February 12, 2009 2:54am CST
NASA have announced that two satellites have collided in orbit for the first time, destroying the operational Iridium satellite and producing a huge cloud of debris. More than 6,000 fragments, and more than 500 larger than 10cm are being studied to see if they are any intercept course with other spacecraft. The old Russian Cosmos spacecraft and the working Iridium satellite (one of a large constellation of spacecraft) hit each other more than 700 km above Siberia and sent tangled remains of in many directions at high speed, causing concern to other vehicles in orbit. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/12/nasa-alert-as-satellites-collide
14 Feb 09
It's hard to imagine what may become of other spacecraft at that altitude with so many high speed bits. Yes this is this first big crash in space, problem is unlike the first car crash, these pieces will keep hurtling for hundreds of years.