Why A Russian Object Is Being Called A 'Satellite Killer'
An unidentified Russian spacecraft is getting some attention, with some saying it could be for research while others say it could be a weapon.By Christian Bryant | November 18, 2014
Outer space is having a moment. In recent weeks, we've celebrated at least one great success — with the Rosetta mission — and two setbacks, one of which resulted in the death of a Virgin Galactic pilot.
Now, there's a space mystery brewing, with some outlets using terms like "satellite killer" to describe a Russian spacecraft currently orbiting our planet.
Russia reportedly launched a rocket back in May containing a few military satellites. Afterward, an object that was thought to be debris started making maneuvers, even seemingly making contact with other Russian spacecraft.