Back in January, I posted about the Usborne Book of the Future which was published in 1979. If you didn't see it, click here to check it out.
Under the 1991-2000 heading, it said this:
First major collision between satellites in orbit. Beginning of the formation of Earth's 'junkyard' ring.
Well, guess what happened last week?
At 04:56 GMT on 10 February an active communications satellite owned by Iridium Satellite of Bethesda, Maryland, and a defunct Russian military-communications satellite collided some 800 kilometres above Siberia at more than 10 kilometres per second. The cloud of debris initially consisted of 600 objects large enough to be tracked by the US space-surveillance network, and experts expect that number to grow to more than 1,000 within the coming weeks. Simulations suggest there will be millions more pieces too small to track.
Too bad Usborne had predicted this ten years too early. Still, this book is already having a much better track record than other sources who have declared themselves as prophets (ie. The Bible).
Perhaps this is a great time for me to start a new religion: Usbornology. All contributions and donations will go toward me picking up more goofy stuff I find in thrift stores to blog about.
Just for fun, let's go out on a limb and post some more goodies from this fascinating book...