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A chunk of Chinese satellite almost hit the International Space Station. They dodged it – but the space junk problem is getting worse

By Mark Rigby, Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Southern Queensland
Brad Carter, Professor (Physics), University of Southern Queensland
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Earlier this week, the International Space Station (ISS) was forced to maneouvre out of the way of a potential collision with space junk. With a crew of astronauts and cosmonauts on board, this required an urgent change of orbit on November 11.

Over the station’s 23-year orbital lifetime, there have been about 30 close encounters with orbital debris requiring evasive action. Three of these near-misses occurred in 2020. In May this year there was a hit: a tiny piece of space junk punched…The Conversation


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