ISS threatened once again

March 16, 2009 22:16 by scibuff

Currently, NASA is tracking another piece of debris from the satellite collision last month. Last week, a piece of from Iridium’s Payload Assist Module (PAM) missed the station by approximately 5km and caused crew’s temporary relocation to the Soyuz Module. This time, the culprit is a piece from the old Soviet era Kosmos satellite. At the time of the closest approach (TCA), 07:14 UT on Tuesday, the debris will pass within 1 km of the station. This poses a serious to astronauts’ security and NASA considered firing the onboard thrusters to move the station out of harms way.

Astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander, participates in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) to perform maintenance on the International Space Station - Source: NASA

Astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander, participates in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) to perform maintenance on the International Space Station - Source: NASA

Update #1: 21:54UT – NASA CAPCOM Rick Davis just informed the International Space Station (ISS) Commander Mike Fincke (who celebrated his 42nd birthday on Saturday) that the station will NOT need to maneuver tonight to avoid the satellite debris. Thus it seems that the crew can continue their prepration for the visitors from STS-119 shuttle which will dock with the station tomorrow at 19:13 UT 22:13 UT.

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