Rocket Stage Launched 10 Years Ago Disintegrates into Trail of Space Junk (Video) –

A spent rocket stage that had been orbiting Earth since 2009 recently broke into bits, and an observatory in Spain captured footage of the new debris cloud as it traveled across a backdrop of stars. The Deimos Sky Survey (DeSS), an astronomy complex in Madrid dedicated to detecting and evaluating the risk from near-Earth objects, spotted and recorded the unusual appearance of new space junk in the sky from March 26 to 28, the European Space Agency (ESA) said in a statement. Scientists used the observatory’s “Antsy” optical sensor, “which is adapted for tracking objects in low-Earth orbit,” according to ...

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