Space Station Won’t Have To Dodge Menacing Pieces Of Junk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (September 27, 2012)--NASA said Thursday the International Space Station does not need to move out of the way of fragments from an Indian rocket and an old Russian satellite.

The maneuver was planned for Thursday morning, but then was called off.

Mission Control said there is a high degree of confidence neither object will come too close to the space station and its three occupants.

The astronauts and controllers can now turn their attention to Friday's undocking of a European cargo ship.

The departure was put off earlier this week because of a communication system error.

The space station's neighborhood 260 miles up is full of potentially damaging debris.

Usually, the junk keeps a safe distance.


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