At the International Space Station, astronauts performed a “maneuver” to ensure that the space debris did not hit the space station. The US space agency NASA has given this information. In addition, NASA has urged countries around the world to better manage space debris in the Earth’s orbit. The space station’s orbit was adjusted by Russian and American flight controllers on Tuesday (22 September), to move forward to another location during a two-and-a-half-minute operation to prevent debris collisions. The US space agency NASA said that the debris passed 1.4 kilometers from the space station.
NASA said that as soon as the maneuver began, two Russians and one American – a total of three crew members – were transferred to the nearby spacecraft Soyuz. NASA has said that doing so was a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident. According to NASA, after this operation, astronauts returned to normal activities.
NASA chief Jim Bridenstein wrote on Twitter, “The maneuver is complete … space passengers are coming out of the safe haven ..”
The wreck that threatened the space station is actually a piece of Japanese rocket that was sent into space in 2018. Astronomer Jonathan McDowell said on Twitter that the Japanese rocket broke into 77 separate parts last year.
The International Space Station is located at a distance of 260 miles (420 kilometers) from Earth and rotate in the orbit of Earth at a speed of about 17,000 miles per hour. At this speed, if even a small whit strikes it, there is a possibility of heavy damage, So maneuvers become necessary. From 1999 to 2018, NASA has conducted about 25 such exercises.