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Published on May 14, 2012
The files show the period from 2007 January 11 at 2228 UTC until January 12 at 0600 UTC. The FENGYUN 1C (pre-attack) orbit is shown in red. The Xichang Space Center location is also noted. The pieces of debris catalogued by NORAD and released to the public via Space Track are shown in green. The animation shows the spread of the resulting debris cloud for the first few orbits. Initial analysis shows pieces in the debris cloud ranging from below 200 km in altitude up to almost 4,000 km, posing a threat to many operational satellites, due to the polar orbit of the debris cloud. "STK-generated VDF courtesy of CSSI (www.centerforspace.com)"
originator: "STK-generated VDFs courtesy of CSSI (www.centerforspace.com).