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A dead Soviet satellite and a discarded Chinese rocket body have a 1-in-10 chance of colliding in space on Thursday – Business Insider Australia

A dead Soviet satellite and a discarded Chinese rocket body are speeding toward each other in space and could crash catastrophically on Thursday.

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  • A dead Soviet satellite and a discarded Chinese rocket body have a 10% chance of colliding Thursday night, according to satellite-tracking company LeoLabs.
  • It’s impossible to intervene to prevent a collision, since both objects are dead and can’t be manoeuvred.
  • Satellite collisions can produce huge clouds of dangerous, high-speed space debris, which can threaten other spacecraft in Earth’s orbit.
  • Close approaches like this are becoming more common as c…

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