Last week, the International Space Station was forced to avoid the remnants of the last test of Russian anti-satellite missiles, reports Space.com.
Last Thursday, Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, used a cargo ship anchored at the ISS to push the station away from a piece of space debris created after the destruction of a faulty Soviet-era satellite in a rocket test last November.
“This afternoon, Progress 81 International Space Station thrusters fired 4 minutes and 34 seconds in a predetermined debris avoidance maneuver (PDAM) to provide the complex with an additional measure of distance from the planned path of a fragment of the Russian Cosmos 1408 debris,” NASA wrote in an update. .
“The burst of the thruster happened at 14.03 central time. The crew was never in danger and the maneuver did not affect the work of the station, “the agency added. “Without maneuvers, it was predicted that the fragment could pass about half a mile from the station.
“I confirm that on March 22, Moscow time, the engines of the Russian transport cargo ship Progress MS-20 performed an unplanned maneuver to avoid the dangerous approach of the International Space Station with a fragment of the Cosmos-1408 spacecraft,” said Roscosmos chief Dmitry. Rogozin said in a statement for the Telegram, which was translated by a Google translator.
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