Mission Control Notifies Station Crew of Possible ConjunctionMission Control notified the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station that it may have to take shelter early Wednesday because of a possible close call with a piece of space junk.The object is a piece of debris about 4 inches (10 centimeters) in diameter from the Chinese Fengyun 1C weather satellite that was destroyed in 2007.Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin received a radio call at 2:06 p.m. EST from Flight Director Ginger Kerrick, alerting them to the possibility. Kerrick was leading a small team in Mission Control, Houston while the crew was in an extended sleep shift following the overnight work associated with the departure of the Expedition 29 crew.› Listen to the call (1.74 MB mp3)Predictions indicate the object may come within 2,800 feet (850 meters) of the station. If tracking continues to show the closest approach within a predetermined “pizza box” around the station, the crew will be directed to take precautions that include closing hatches between station modules and getting into their Soyuz spacecraft about 30 minutes before the time of closest approach, or no later than 4:30 a.m.Standard procedure for such encounters is to maneuver the space station out of the way of the predicted path of the debris if there is enough time to coordinate the move. However, preparations for yesterday’s undocking of the Soyuz spacecraft bringing Mike Fossum, Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov home slightly changed the station’s orbit, resulting in a closer approach. The object had been monitored earlier but was not then a threat.Mission Control will continue to track the object, and inform the crew whether it will need to take shelter. If the crew does take shelter, NASA TV will provide live coverage of the activities on orbit starting at 4:35 a.m. EST.
NASA flight controllers downgraded conjunction threat. No need to shelter in place required on space station.
... Il gioco consiste nel trovare quante patch Exp. 30 si vedono
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