ISS may move to dodge space junk

April 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- NASA says the International Space Station may carry out an avoidance maneuver to dodge space junk created by a collision of two satellites.

If deemed necessary, the maneuver will be performed by thrusters on a Progress spacecraft docked at the station to adjust the orbital lab's speed by half a meter per second to change its orbit and move it out of potential danger, Florida Today reported Friday.

Preliminary projections show debris created when a defunct Russian satellite collided with an operational Iridium Communications satellite on Feb. 10, 2009, could pass within 6 miles of the station.

Station commander Dmitry Kondratyev and flight engineers Cady Coleman and Paulo Nespoli postponed some planned activities to prepare for the possible maneuver late Friday, NASA said.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Test predicts teen risk factor for cardiovascular disease
Gene therapy effective against form of inherited vision loss
Foot of new human ancestor, Homo naledi, resembles our own
NASA releases thousands of Apollo mission photos on Flickr
Study: European austerity to blame for rise in male suicide