NASA says the International Space Station remains at increased risk of orbital debris after this week’s Russian weapons test.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The International Space Station remains at increased risk of orbital debris after this week’s Russian weapons test, NASA said Thursday.
On Monday, Russia launched a missile to destroy a satellite orbiting just above the space station.
NASA said late Wednesday that the highest threat to the station and its seven residents was in the first 24 hours. Wolves among many of the stations were closed as a precaution, but they were reopened on Wednesday.
NASA said it is reviewing upcoming spacewalk and other station operations, to assess the risks before proceeding. The spacewalk to replace a damaged antenna is scheduled for November 30. The space agency is also planning ongoing inspections for possible damage.
The space station is currently home to four Americans, two Russians and one German.
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