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This collision may increase space debris around Earth by 20 per cent

This collision may increase space debris around Earth by 20 per cent”

Experts believe it is dysfunctional Russian Satellite and a discarded The Chinese The rocket could crash into each other Above the earth Thursday, according to reports.

"We're not yet at that Kessler Syndrome point".

The "dead" space objects have already collided with each other last 8:56 pm, Eastern Time (ET), with no known casualties and effects around its proximity.

The concern over an increase in large collisions relates to the potential of triggering the Kessler Syndrome, where access to space becomes increasingly hard as more and more junk clutters orbit.

"This is probably one of the potentially worst accidental collisions that we've seen for a while", Alice Gorman, space archaeologist at Flinders University in Australia, told ScienceAlert.

Only recently, for instance, the International Space Station (ISS) had to perform an "avoidance maneuver" to avoid being hit by a piece of debris that actually used to be a part of a 2018 Japanese rocket that blew up into 77 pieces.

No one knows for sure if the objects will collide, and near-misses happen in space all the time.

The "runaway chain reaction" of collisions would not end if space junk will continue to pile up, and humans would not do something to clean it up.

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There are two types of space debris. However, a crash could cause more debris in the Earth's orbit, increasing the risk of future collisions. Space agencies around the world also monitor these pieces.

The clash, even grazing each other, would be catastrophic and add more clutters in space.

Ted Mulhaft, head of the corporation's space-debris analysis, calculated that the chances of a collision were only 1 in 23 billion, and that they would lose each other 70 meters away.

Despite all the "junk" orbiting our planet, there's relatively few collisions.

Kessler Syndrome: Will it affect active Space Orbits and Missions?

We will gather observation data tonight from the first radar pass after TCA to hopefully confirm no new debris is detected.

And, though it doesn't pose much of a risk to humans on the ground, it does threaten hoards of active satellites that provide all sorts of services, including tracking the weather, studying the Earth's climate, and providing telecom services.

Such events, and Thursday night's potential collision, highlight the growing threat that orbital debris poses to spaceflight and exploration.



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