ISS changes orbit to dodge space debris collision

The Russian space program’s Mission Control Center recently announced that the International Space Station will adjust its orbit to prevent a possible collision with a debris cloud from a Japanese satellite.

The dodge is provisionally planned for 10.22am BST (9.22 GMT, 00.01 PST), time at which the Russian Zvevda module will fire its booster rockets and move the station to a different orbit. Last week, the station dodged two other collision incidents  when a piece of an old Russian Cosmos satellite went past last Thursday, followed by part of an Indian rocket the following day. Neither of the two presented a significant risk to warrant a course of action, however the likelihood of the Japanese satellite debris cloud colliding with the ISS exceeds one in 10,000. That might sound unlikely, however a possibility remains.
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