Breaking news! The ISS performed a sudden maneuver to avoid space debris

04/12/2021
Credit: NASA
Credit: NASA

Breaking news! The ISS performed a sudden maneuver to avoid space debris. Yesterday, December 3, 2021, the ISS performed a quick orbit maneuver to avoid large space debris that could be hit. The announcement was made in the evening. The waste he had to avoid was part of an American launcher, and his avoidance maneuver was announced by the director of the Russian space agency. 

This incident happens a few weeks after Russia hit a satellite with an anti-satellite rocket, thus making a lot of debris and space debris in Earth orbit. Following this incident, NASA claimed that there would be a great danger from now on for future space missions. And NASA administrator Bill Nelson said he was extremely angry about what Russia had done. And after the bombing of a satellite, former NATO Secretary General Fogh Rasmussen said that "If we do not change something, the opportunities for space to improve our life on Earth will be nullified for generations." 

Dmitry Rogozin, the director of the Russian space agency (Roscosmos), said a few hours ago that the ISS had to maneuver in Earth orbit to avoid space debris. If the ISS (International Space Station) did not perform that maneuver, then it could have hit that space debris. The space debris that had to be avoided came from an American launcher that was launched into orbit in 1994, being extremely old. It is most likely believed that due to its age and low condition, it could have fallen apart. Roscosmos said through its director that the ISS's orbit had to descend 310 meters for 3 minutes, thus escaping the impact. Prior to this impact, two ISS astronauts came out to make some repairs outside the ISS. So, if they did this space-walk later, they could be hit by that space deity. 

We hope that such incidents will not happen again and we wish NASA and Roscosmos every success for future missions. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 04 December 2021, at 04:10 am Los Angeles time 

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