Debris from old Russian satellite forced ISS crew into contingency ops

For the fourth time in the history of the International Space Station, the crew had to shelter in place due to possible conjunction with orbital debris. The three members of the Station – Commander Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly – closed the hatches and took up residency onboard the Soyuz TMA-16M module for around 10 minutes while they waited for debris from an old Russian satellite to pass by.

NASA noted this latest debris threat originated from an old Russian weather satellite, with sources (L2) adding it was “Object 36912″ in the US catalog list – debris from a Meteor-2 satellite that was launched on a Vostok-2M rocket in 1979 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.


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