Space debris is objects that remain in orbit around the Earth from past missions, including fragments of out of service satellites or parts of rockets. The International Space Station (ISS) will launch a maneuver to avoid a collision with one of them – an old, defunct Chinese satellite – said the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
“In order to avoid a collision with so-called space debris, experts (…) calculated how to correct the ISS orbit,” Roscosmos said. The International Space Station and its seven-man crew will fly 1240 meters higher on Wednesday and land in an orbit of 470.7 kilometers above Earth, the Russian space agency reported.
The ISS has a potential threat to an old, non-functioning Chinese satellite. The size of the facility was not specified.
The maneuver will be carried out on Wednesday at 21.15 Polish time. The engines of the Russian Progress transport spacecraft, which is currently docked at the space station, will be used, the Reuters agency reported.
Space debris threatens satellites
The constantly growing number of comic debris, which is in the Earth’s orbit, threatens the satellites operating on it.
Space debris is the remnants of former missions. The most popular are fragments of inactive satellites, equipment lost as a result of space walks from the ISS and parts of rockets. Most often they are not controlled.
The first modules of the International Space Station were put into orbit in 1998, and the first permanent crew arrived there in 2000. The United States, Russia, Canada, Japan, as well as some countries belonging to the European Space Agency (ESA) are participating in the project. Poland is one of the members of this agency.
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