Nasa calls off ISS dodging of junk

2012-09-27 17:08

Cape Canaveral - The International Space Station is safe from two pieces of menacing junk.

The US space agency said on Thursday the orbiting lab does not need to move out of the way of fragments from an Indian rocket and an old Russian satellite. The manoeuvre had been planned for Thursday morning but was called off.

Mission Control says there is a high degree of confidence neither object will come too close to the space station and its three occupants. The astronauts and controllers can turn their attention to Friday's undocking of a European cargo ship. The departure was put off earlier this week because of a communication system error.

The space station's altitude of 418km is full of potentially damaging debris.

  • patrick.mampane - 2012-09-27 18:22

    The space is becoming too poluted.

  • monde.sibisi - 2012-09-27 19:01

    Really wish I had ventured into astronomy, that is one hell of a profession

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