The odds were it was going to happen someday. Cosmos 2251 and Iridium 33 had a little mishap in Earth orbit Tuesday, and there’s no way to vacuum up all the debris. Just a little warning in case you’re planning an Earth orbit space program. You think a pebble falling off a truck on the freeway is bad news for your windshield? Try tiny bits and pieces of communications satellites at 17500 mph.
Here’s an image of the Iridium 33 satellite from the ground. On the right, what an Iridium satellite looks like with its shiny solar panels.