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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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. JAZZ

    now they have a blog on "what to do with Nuclear trash" were are all screwed , throwing the hands up now.

    April 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JAZZ

    It was my TV , thought I muted it. BLOND MOMENT.

    April 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rocky Mountain Oyster

    @Rocky: U hungry buddy?

    April 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dim Mak

    It's ok JAZZ. I hear voices too.

    April 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JAZZ

    I knew some one was gonna say that. 🙂

    April 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Oh, Dwayne!!! With the long name Cesar stole "Herbert" from! Hi, there!!! Changing it up again, are you?

    April 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dim Mak

    Hi I'm good. Hungry and waiting for my salad+wings to get here. :p

    April 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JAZZ

    Is that for purple

    April 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    @Dim: yummy! Not from Pizza hut, I hope?

    April 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dim Mak

    Nope I don't really care for the larger chains. It's hard to find a perfect pizza. Papa Johns used to be good until they cheapened their ingredients. Now I order from local places. Pizza Hut doesn't have salad either

    April 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PURPLE

    I love fruit , been eating like crazy lately

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

    Herbert?

    April 5, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Herbert

    I'm you're biggest fan I'll follow you until you love me.. Papa paparazi...

    April 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dim Mak

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    April 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PURPLE

    I am soooooo full , too much water , drinking it like a fish

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