According to the Russian space agency Roscosmos, the International Space Station had to adjust its orbit to avoid collision with pieces of debris. Dmitry Rogozin of Roscosmos said on Friday “five minutes ago, the ISS avoided conjunction with the U.S. space debris, the Pegasus carrier rocket remnants,” The debris came from a U.S. rocket that was launched in 1994.
The maneuver made on Friday was planned to happen at 10:58 Moscow time. The ISS adjusted its position in orbit using the thrusters of the Progress MS-18 space freighter. That freighter is docked into the space station. Other debris also postponed a spacewalk that was supposed to occur on Tuesday.
Only hours before astronauts were to venture out of the station, the agency Tweeted that “due to the lack of opportunity to properly assess the risk” the spacewalk was delayed. The mission was eventually carried out yesterday and was a success. NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron replaced a malfunctioning communications antenna.
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