Two large pieces of space debris can collide in space today. According to astronomer Jonathan McDowell, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, one of the objects involved could be Parus, an extinct Soviet satellite, and the other could be part of a Chinese rocket.
The meeting must take place 991 kilometers above the South Atlantic Ocean, near the coast of Antarctica. Considering the mass of the objects, 2.8 kg, and the speed at which they travel, 52,950 kilometers per hour, the 10% chance of collision becomes dangerous.
Events like this are increasingly common. In 2009, the operational communications satellite Iridium 33 collided with the extinct Russian military satellite Kosmos 2251. As a result, 1,800 traceable fragments spread across space.
In addition, in 2007 and 2019, two large clouds of debris were generated by space tests carried out in China and India, respectively. And this year the International Space Station had to do three maneuvers to avoid potential collisions with space debris.
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