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Plan to switch Space Station’s orbit dropped

Last Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 10:00

Moscow: Russia`s Mission Control Center announced that it dropped an earlier plan to move the International Space Station into a different orbit to avoid possible collision with space debris after additional calculations showed that there was no such threat.

Mission Control Center said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that a fragment of space debris would fly by too far to pose any danger to the space outpost, so a plan to fire booster rockets to carry out the maneuver on Thursday at 07:22 A.M. Moscow time (0322 GMT) was canceled.

The space station performs evasive maneuvers when the likelihood of a collision exceeds one in 10,000.

NASA estimates that more than 21,000 fragments of orbital debris larger than 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) are stuck in earth`s orbit, and experts worry that orbiting junk is becoming a growing problem for the space industry.

There are six astronauts, three Russians, two Americans and one from Japan, onboard the orbiting laboratory.


First Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 10:00
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