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Astronauts warned of oncoming space debris

Liam Garman

SpaceX and NASA warned astronauts in the SpaceX Dragon capsule to prepare for the threat of collision with space debris.

Astronauts warned of oncoming space debris
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Some seven hours into this weekend’s Space X Dragon capsule mission to the International Space Station, the four astronauts onboard received warning to prepare for a potential collision to the spacecraft from space debris. Fortunately for the astronauts, the space debris missed the spacecraft.

NASA was alerted to the threat 45 minutes before the projected impact by Space Command's 18th Space Control Squadron. Fifteen minutes later, ground control was able to relay the information to the crew, though there was insufficient time to alter the Dragon’s trajectory.

The warning urged the astronauts to prepare by putting on their safety suits and visors.

It was later revealed that the space debris in question was some 45 kilometres from the Dragon capsule.

Following the near miss, the four astronauts safely docked on the International Space Station.

[Related: EOS unveils new space debris threat mitigation laser]

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