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March 13. 2013 12:55PM

Legal action against China unlikely in space junk crash with Russian satellite

"The Russian Federation, if it decided to open a diplomatic channel to China making a claim under the second scenario of the Liability Convention, would have to show that China was negligent in producing the fragment that struck BLITS and that there was no way that the Russian Federation could have avoided the collision," Michael Listner, of the New Hampshire-based firm Space Law & Policy Solutions, told SPACE.com.

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