The near collision of two pieces of space debris observed closely by radar

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Two pieces of space debris passed very close to each other, but escaped a collision, said a company that uses radar to track objects in orbit.

LeoLabs said a deactivated Russian satellite and a dropped Chinese rocket segment would likely pass 25 meters from each other.

According to the company, there were no signs of debris over Antarctica early on Friday, October 16, suggesting that there was no shock.

Other experts estimated that Kosmos-2004 and the ChangZheng rocket stage would pass much further away.

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