Wednesday, September 7, 2016

There's stuff out there



Further evidence that the Earth is surrounded by a growing cloud of space debris:  a solar panel on a European satellite now has a hole (still works, though).

Tiny Particle Blows Hole in European Satellite's Solar Panel

It's not just any satellite, either;  its one of the new class of Earth observation satellites.  This one is called the Copernicus Sentinel 1A.

Here are the before-and-after pictures from the European Space Agency (and their article about the event).


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