2 pieces of space junk almost collide in “bad neighborhood”

Low Earth orbit was the site of a near miss today (January 27) that had the potential to create thousands of pieces of hazardous space debris.

Satellite monitoring and collision detection firm LeoLabs discovered a near miss between two decommissioned Soviet space objects, a rocket hull and dead spy satellite, that missed each other by an incredibly narrow margin. According to a LeoLabs statement posted on Twitter (opens in a new tab) on Friday (Jan. 27), the two objects missed each other by a distance of 20 feet (6 meters), with a margin of error of “just a few tens of meters.”

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