Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Space Junk Prompts Space Station Orbit Change

International space station veers to avoid space junk

The ISS will move to a new orbit Thursday to avoid a possible collision with a fragment of debris. Over 21,000 pieces of space junk larger than a softball are estimated to be circling the planet.

By Staff, Associated Press / October 3, 2012 

The International Space Station's P6 truss segment is seen, with the Earth in the background, attached to the station's Canadarm 2 in 2007.


The Russian space program's Mission Control Center says it will move the International Space Station into a different orbit to avoid possible collision with a fragment of debris.

Mission Control Center spokeswoman Nadyezhda Zavyalova said the Russian Zvevda module will fire booster rockets to carry out the operation Thursday at 07:22 a.m. Moscow time (0322 GMT).

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Sources: Associated Press, The Christian Science Monitor.


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