The ISS space station forced to deport to avoid the debris of a Soviet satellite

At 9:03 p.m. (Belgian time), the engines of the ISS started to swerve. The engine ran for 275 seconds and the orbit of the ISS was raised by 890 meters. This operation was necessary, because at 11:50 p.m., space debris could have been in the path of the ISS.

It was debris from the Kosmos-1408 satellite, torn to pieces by the Russian military as part of a test with a satellite weapon on November 15, 2021. The United States protested at the time, fearing that debris would endanger the station. During a first approach, the crew members had to put on their spacesuits and sit in the escape pod.

The ISS currently has three Russians, three Americans and an Italian astronaut from the European Space Agency

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