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Atlantis Avoids Space Junk

Posted by Lydia on May 15th, 2009

Yesterday afternoon NASA and the high riding Atlantis astronauts working on the Hubble 350 miles up avoided a 10cm piece of Chinese Space Junk, a remnant from a 2007 anti-satellite test. The debris passed within three kilometres of the shuttle. Space debris, lingering in orbit, remains a constant threat to satellites and manned shuttle missions alike.

Today STS-125 mission specialists Mike Good and Mike Massimino will perform a six and a half hour space walk today to replace the gyroscopes and install two 460 pound battery modules, each containing three batteries, which provide night orbit power.

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