- “Five minutes ago the ISS avoided contact with the US space debris, the remains of the Pegasus launcher.” Rogozin said, according to the report.
- Corresponding Sky news, the mission control specialists “calculated how to correct the orbit” of the 100-meter-wide space station in order to protect it from the collision.
- The engines of Russia’s one-way cargo spacecraft Progress, which is currently docked at the station, will be used to propel the station 1.2 km upwards report.
Earlier this week, NASA postponed a spacewalk originally scheduled for Tuesday when it received a space debris warning from the ISS.
- “Due to the inability to properly assess the risk this could pose to the astronauts, the teams decided to postpone the spacewalk from November 30th until more information is available,” the agency said via Twitter.
NASA has received a debris report for the space station. Due to the inability to properly assess the risk this could pose to the astronauts, the teams have decided to postpone the spacewalk from November 30th until more information is available. https://t.co/HJCXFWBd3Y pic.twitter.com/swj5hqusSo
– International Space Station (@Space_Station) 30. November 2021
Corresponding Sky newsNASA is tracking more than 23,000 space junk, although there is much more debris too small to track down but big enough to threaten manned spaceflight.
And that debris moves at speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour. “Even tiny patches of paint can damage a spaceship when it is traveling at these speeds,” said NASA.