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ISS Nearly Clobbered By Space Debris 131

erice writes "A chuck of space debris came within 335 meters of the space station, forcing the crews to head to their escape capsules and prepare for emergency evacuation to Earth. '[NASA's] Associate Administrator for Space Operations, Bill Gerstenmaier, said it was the closest a debris object had ever come to the station. An analysis was now underway to try to understand its origin, he added.'"
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ISS Nearly Clobbered By Space Debris

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  • by agentgonzo (1026204) on Wednesday June 29, 2011 @04:32AM (#36608454)
    NORAD tracks as much space objects and debris as it can. There's a lot of stuff up there and it's constantly changing orbits in a slightly unpredictable way due to variable drag from the atmosphere. This object (NORAD designator 82618) has a drag coefficient 175 times greater than that of the ISS so it was hard to predict in advance that it would be that close. The ISS crew got notice a little over two hours before the encounter at about 2200 GMT (UTC) last night and it cleared the ISS at 0008GMT this morning.
  • Re:Unacceptable (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 29, 2011 @07:22AM (#36609164)

    We need astronauts who read/watch Planetes:

    It is a story about people who collect space debris in the future.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.