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. Rocky Mountain Rattlesnake

    I like kittens too Karl. But I mostly like bunnies. Yeah. Bunnies.

    April 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    @Philip: Hey, my GTG! How is everything?

    I haven't been here as long as you, but I miss Mehdi General Dr. Bad's crazy rants...I wonder how he's doing?

    And a wink back to you, ya little holy terror! 🙂

    April 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dim Mak

    @mari: You're pontificating again. Tisk tisk we can't have open dialogue now can we? I just adore kittens! You could learn something from JAZZ. It's called a sense of humor. Does your Sith master allow you to have one?

    April 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    @Rocky: LMAO!

    April 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    What's with this mari and Dim Mak stuff? Anybody know?

    April 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dim Mak

    @banasy: mari needs a real bf to replace her B.O.B. and I don't like evil wenches, so she's a bit upset about it. Been there done that not going back. Many women have a problem with men stating their opinion. Not you though, you've got a heart/sense of humor unlike the bride of grinch. 😉

    April 5, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    @Dim Mak: Oh. Thanks! 🙂 Bride of the Grinch? LMAO!!

    April 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mari

    Hey, bite me, banasy!
    That's rich, you telling me to get a sense of humor! I just told you the same thing on the other thread.
    Dimmy, Dimmy, oh Dimmy Mak, you'd better come on back...to HELL!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    ***Switzerland!***

    April 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JAZZ

    @ mari , pls leave

    April 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dim Mak

    Huh? What's that sound? Thought I heard something... @banasy: You can't be Switzerland I'm Switzerland. @mari: Do you like schnitzel?

    April 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JAZZ

    Dim Mak, u also Lucifer ?

    April 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dim Mak

    @Jazz: No. I loathe the dark one. I'm Mountain Dew.

    April 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JAZZ

    I'm hearing music right now and can't tell were it's coming from, like it's right inside my left ear, weird

    April 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JAZZ

    the original Herbert ?

    April 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
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