On the way from the International Space Station and other space vehicles that move at a relatively short distance from the Earth, a new threat - a cloud of more than 500 pieces, formed by the explosion of the Russian upper stage.
The explosion in orbit rocket engine "Breeze-M" was the third explosion engine for our country, starting in 2007; engines were left in elliptical orbits that intersect the ISS and some satellites.
The recent failure also left in space after a two completely charged spacecraft, NASA said in a recent issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News.
Interfax news agency reported that the explosion was formed about 500 large fragments.
In general, the land presently surrounds the cloud of more than 21,000 fragments with dimensions exceeding 10 inches. Scientists estimate that the fragments ranging in size from 1 to 10 cm are much more - their number is about 500,000.