NASA: Piece of space junk not a threat to station crew
NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman is one of three astronauts on the International Space Station.
April 5th, 2011
03:34 PM ET

NASA: Piece of space junk not a threat to station crew

[Updated at 3:34 p.m. ET] NASA determined Tuesday that a piece of space junk will not pose a threat to the crew aboard the International Space Station.

The space agency had been monitoring a piece of a Chinese satellite that was destroyed in 2007 and had warned the crew to begin making plans to take shelter in the Russian Soyuz capsule if necessary.

 

However, tracking data shows that the debris will not come close enough to warrant an evacuation of the station, NASA said in a statement after the crew was given the all-clear signal.

The debris is expected to be closest to the space station at 4:21 p.m. ET.

The current space station team is made up of NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

 

[Initial post, 1:04 p.m. ET] NASA is monitoring a piece of space junk that could come close enough to collide with the International Space Station, a spokeswoman for the space agency said Tuesday.

Plans are being made for the station's crew of three to take shelter in the Russian Soyuz capsule if necessary, Kelly Humphries said.

The junk is a piece of a Chinese satellite that was destroyed in 2007. It is expected to be near the space station at 4:21 p.m. ET.

A decision will be made around 3 p.m. whether the crew will need to seek safety aboard the Soyuz.

The current space station team is made up of NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

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  1. Dim Mak

    @tom&raven: Fake!? Lol look around you. Pretty much evil around every corner. *taps tom&raven's chests*

    April 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mari

    *Smacks the back of Dim Mack's head for being a pompous ass*

    April 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    sorry everyone.not me. And my Chi is fine , Dim Mak.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    *Facepalm* x 2

    April 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Hey banasy ! Me too !

    April 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tom

    Sorry banasy, there's a fake Satan

    April 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank - Ohio

    A Chinese satellite that was destroyed in 2007, wasn't. The poor demolition job, everyone's blaming each other for, didn't space whip anyone. So it didn't become the International House of Pancakes. CNN... I have to split. 😉

    April 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tom

    I'm Lucy

    April 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    Hi, raven. Hi, tom/Lucy. Hi, Philip and Herbert.

    I can't keep up with the real/fakes anymore...people keep changing their names! tom, I assume you were Lucifer at one time and I called you Lucy, correct? Oh, hell, did I ever know you as anything else?

    raven, don't change your name, please! Pretty please!

    And I also love it when I post something, and someone says I'm a fake banasy! Cracks me up every time! 🙂

    April 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. drap

    So your telling me..Chinese junk which I've seen in Hong Kong harbor,is threatening the space station... .?

    April 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dim Mak

    @mari: See what happens when I go after your dark lord satan? You get all upset. *Touches mari's ovaries making her barren* Now you can't bring the spawn of satan into this world. Ahahaha!

    April 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JAZZ

    your evil , lol

    April 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mari

    @Dim Mak:you just told me to go bomb a village in God's name, now you're telling me that Satan is my dark lord? Have you taken your meds today, Sparky?
    *looks Dim Mak over, debating whether or not to help him pull his head out of his ass, decides to go adopt a kitten instead*

    April 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    I remember about a year ago we didn't get tangled -up like we do now on these blogs. (not just this one, the one I prefer because of the people here) I'd rather read and respond to Mehdi General Dr. Bad's most hurtful posts than i would a charachtar assasin. I'd rather try to calm old Jim Brieske than I would interact with the one imputing wrong motive. Them darn lurking hijackin' trolling imps have really tried to foul things up. Argh! but yeah...i kinda like it when others think my post was a fake. he he (wink@banasy)

    April 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kennel Karl

    I like kittens... .

    April 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morbo

      Kittens give Morbo gas.

      April 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
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