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ISS to change orbit to avoid debris

Posted on Thursday, 4 October, 2012 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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The risk of a space debris impact has prompted Mission Control to propose an orbital change manoeuvre.

Currently manned by six astronauts, the International Space Station will fire its booster rockets and carry out the operation on Thursday. It is believed that there are over 21,000 fragments of space debris larger than 10cm in orbit, if any one of those hit the station it could cause serious damage. A change in orbit is usually carried out if the risk of an impact exceeds 1 in 10,000.

As more and more missions in to space are carried out the problem of space debris is becoming increasingly prevalent. Mechanisms to prevent new debris or to clear up what's already there have been the subject of both research and development efforts for several years.

"Mission Control Center spokeswoman Nadyezhda Zavyalova said the Russian Zvevda module will fire booster rockets to carry out the operation Thursday at 07:22am."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Idano on 4 October, 2012, 13:55
Islands of plastic in the oceans, Islands of metal debris in space.....Woodsy Owl help us
Comment icon #2 Posted by TheMolePatrol on 4 October, 2012, 15:22
Haha! Woodsy has demonstrated time and time again he doesn't help with trash at all, rather he triggers off psychological conditions such as hording (due to molestation of the victims/patients when they are children).
Comment icon #3 Posted by sergeantflynn on 4 October, 2012, 18:27
Yes , that`s the way to do it . Dump rubbish . Move on . Dump some more......
Comment icon #4 Posted by shaddow134 on 5 October, 2012, 1:31
maybe they should have orbiting solar powered electromagnetic structures. Sounds outlandish I know but maybe it would clear the smaller pieces of debris.....
Comment icon #5 Posted by Twin Peaks on 6 October, 2012, 15:36
Soon there will be no safe orbits. Only imminent destruction. Objects will have to skip around orbits like mad!


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