Seven astronauts from the International Space Station were forced to shelter in their spacecraft early Monday (November 15) when the station closed uncomfortably to orbital debris, according to reports.
I began transiting space debris on Monday before dawn and International Space Station They continued to make passes close to the wreck every 90 minutes or so, according to experts who monitor the situation. The Russian space agency Roscosmos confirmed space debris The meeting with Space.com, although NASA has not yet commented on the situation publicly or on Space.com.
By 9:30 AM EST (2:30 PM GMT), the situation aboard the space station had returned to normal, According to a statement issued by riscosmos.
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“The ISS crew is currently conducting regular operations according to the flight program,” the press office of the Russian space agency Roscosmos told Space.com in an email. “The orbit of the object, which today forced the crew to move around the spacecraft using standard procedures, has moved away from the orbit of the International Space Station, and the station is in the green.”
NASA, Roscosmos and their partners regularly monitor a pizza box-shaped security perimeter around the space station that extends just over 25 kilometers around the space station and at a distance of half a mile (0.75 km) above and below. Station officials often relocate the space station to avoid debris entering that area, if enough time permits. This happened last week, when debris from a 2013 Chinese anti-satellite test Passed near the station on November 10.
according to Live audio stream From the International Space Station, the facility’s last encounter with the “debris field” occurred around 9:50 a.m. EDT (2:50 p.m. GMT) and lasted about six minutes.
Jonathan McDowell, space debris expert at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics He said on Twitter That the first meeting between the space station and space debris It happened at 2:06 AM EDT (0706 GMT) and lasted for about 10 minutes.
“Details are sketchy,” CBS News correspondent William Harwood chirp, “But the ISS crew of 7 resorted to their Soyuz MS-19 and Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft earlier in the day as a precaution due to a planned close passage into (or through) a ‘debris cloud’ caused by ruptured satellites.”
It is standard space station procedure for astronauts to cram their vehicles in an emergency situation in case they need to evacuate the space station.
Seven international astronauts currently live and work in the orbiting laboratory: NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hay, Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron, joined by Russian astronauts Anton Shkaplerov and Butyrevo and German astronaut Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Shari, Marshburn, Baron and Maurer are newcomers to the station, After arriving on Thursday (November 11) aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule named Endurance.