A very high-risk space collision or the so-called Kessler Syndrome could happen this Thursday, Oct. 15. Experts said that a Russian satellite, which is already not functioning, and a Chinese rocket would hit each other at around 8:56 p.m. ET.

A High-Risk Space Collision Could Happen; There's a 10% Chance the Dead Russian Satellite and Chinese Rocket Will Collide
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STS-79 astronauts enjoy this view of the Mir complex backdropped against the blackness of space over Earth's horizon. A thin blue line of airglow runs parallel with Earth's horizon, September 24, 1996. Mir is nearing the end of its existence as Russia plans to steer the craft out of orbit in late February 2001 in a controlled crash to dump the space station safely into the Pacific Ocean.

According to Fox News' latest report, Leolabs, a satellite-tracking company, the defunct space objects could come within 39 feet from each other. Although they are quite far away from one another, researchers said that there's still a 10% chance they'll collide.

"This event continues to be very high risk and will likely stay this way through the time of closest approach," said the company in a tweet.

"Our system generates new conjunction reports 6-8x per day on this event with new observation data each time," added Leolabs.

Jonathan MacDowell, a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics' astrophysicist, said that the defunct Russian satellite called Kosmos 2004 was launched in 1989.

The collision would create dangerous space debris

According to Business Insider's latest report, the possible collision would not affect the people on Earth since the space objects are 991 kilometers or 616 miles away from the planet.

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However, if they do hit each other, researchers said that the crash would create space debris that could cause major problems.

Future satellites will have a problem

Dan Ceperley, the CEO of LeoLabs, told Business Insider that the debris that the collision will create could affect future satellites that are going out into upper low-Earth orbit.

A High-Risk Space Collision Could Happen; There's a 10% Chance the Dead Russian Satellite and Chinese Rocket Will Collide
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This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) handout image shows a graphical representation of space debris in low Earth orbit. According to the European Space Agency there are 8,500 objects larger than 10 cm (approximately 3.9 inches) orbiting the earth and 150,000 larger than 1 cm (approximately 0.39 inches). NASA investigators are looking into the possibility that space debris may have caused the break up of the Space Shuttle Columbia upon reentry February 1, 2003 over Texas.

On the other hand, scientists at The Aerospace Corporation also calculated the chance of the impact. The agency said that collision only has a 1-in-250,000,000 chance.

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