With the accumulation of space junk on our planet, the International Space Station needs to conduct a last-minute evasion operation on Tuesday to avoid “an unknown space debris that is expected to pass within a few kilometers.”
The mission control center in Houston moved at 2:19 pm Pacific time and used the “Russian Progress” supply spacecraft docked on the International Space Station to help keep the station safe.
NASA said in a previous statement: “As a precaution, the crew of the 63rd expedition will be transferred to their Soyuz spacecraft until the debris passes the station.”
According to NASA Director Jim Bradenstein, the exercise is progressing smoothly. After the relocation of the International Space Station, he wrote on Twitter: “Astronauts are coming out of the safe haven.”
The closest approach to space junk occurred at 3:21 PM Pacific time on Tuesday. The space agency said in a follow-up statement: “There is absolutely no danger to the crew.”
The NASA flight controller tracked the debris. There are many different types of space junk, from used rocket parts to tiny paint falling from spacecraft. The ISS can withstand the impact of very small objects, but the berths for larger objects are very wide.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) estimates that the station must perform an avoidance exercise on average once a year, but 2020 has been very busy. “The space station conducted three maneuvers in 2020 to avoid debris. In the past two weeks, three worrying potential junctions have emerged. The debris is getting worse and worse!” Bridenstine tweeted.
The Director of NASA called on the government to fund efforts to reduce orbital garbage.
The space agency said in its frequently asked questions about orbital debris: “The International Space Station is the most heavily protected spacecraft ever.” Actions on the International Space Station rarely happen, but they may become more common..