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W.J. Hennigan, Time – “A pair of Russian satellites are tailing a multibillion-dollar U.S. spy satellite hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface, a top U.S. military commander tells TIME, underscoring a growing threat to America’s dominance in space-based espionage … U.S. military analysts first noticed something peculiar after Russia launched its spacecraft into orbit November 26 from Plesetsk Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz rocket. The Russian satellite had been in orbit less than two weeks when, bafflingly, it split in two. As the analysts looked closer, they suspected that a second smaller satellite was somehow “birthed” from the first one. “The way I picture it, in my mind, is like Russian nesting dolls,” Raymond says. “The second satellite came out of the first satellite.” ”
- This was odd from 2018 about a similar incident .
- Related from Wired .
- This amateur saw it .
- And see this about Starlink and Alaska-only Astranis .
More on tracking near earth orbit objects
- NASA Near-Earth Object Observations Program
- Sentry: Earth Impact Monitoring
- Scout: NEOCP Hazard Assessment
- DART: Double Asteroid Redirection Test 2021 Planetary Defense Test
- NeoCam: Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission
- Earth Impact Effects Program