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WASHINGTON: Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) took “precautionary measures” on Tuesday to avoid being hit by a piece of land. The US space agency, NASA, has called for better management of objects in Earth’s orbit.
During the two-and-a-half-minute operation, Russian and US flight controllers worked together to adjust the station’s orbit and move further to avoid a collision.
The wreckage passed within 1.4 kilometers (about a mile) of the ISS, NASA said.
Three crew members, two Russians and an American, had moved closer to their Soyuz spacecraft when the driver’s rescue began, so they could flee if necessary. NASA added that the precaution was taken “with a great deal of caution.”
According to NASA, the astronauts were able to return to their normal activities after this procedure.
“The maneuver is over. The astronauts are coming out of the safe haven,” NASA chief Jim Bradenstein said on Twitter.
Astronomer Jonathan McDowell said on Twitter that the threatening scrap was actually a piece of the 2018 Japanese rocket. The rocket broke into 77 different pieces last year.
The ISS typically travels about 26,260 miles (420 kilometers) from Earth, with a speed of about 17,000 miles per hour.
At this speed, even a small object can severely damage a solar panel or other aspect of the station.
Such measures are necessary on a permanent basis. NASA said 25 such tactics were used between 1999 and 2018.
Bernstein wrote on Twitter that this was the third such manipulation of the ISS this year.
These operations could be even greater as the Earth’s orbit has spread into space for satellites, rockets and other objects over the past 60 years.
Accidental or deliberate collisions, in which satellite missiles were fired by India through China in 2019 and China in 2007, could further shatter objects and pose a greater threat.
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