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ISS moves to avoid space debris

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Astronauts on the International Space Station carried out an "avoidance maneuver" Tuesday to ensure they would not be hit by a piece of debris, said US space agency NASA, urging better management of objects in Earth's orbit.

Russian and US flight controllers worked together during a two-and-a-half-minute operation to adjust the station's orbit and move further away, avoiding collision.

The debris passed within about 1.4 kilometers (nearly one mile) of the ISS, NASA said.

The three crew members—two Russians and an American—relocated to be near their Soyuz spacecraft as the maneuver began so they could evacuate if necessary, NASA said, adding that the precaution was taken "out of an abundance of caution."

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-iss-space-debris.html

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Desertrat56

It seems like someone could start a business collecting and recycling or selling space debris pretty soon.  Maybe Elon Musk could come up with a vehicle for that.

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