Space debris to pass metres from ISS
A piece of space debris left by the United States could pass within 240 metres (800 feet) of the International Space Station (ISS) but does not pose a serious threat, Russia's space flight control centre said Tuesday.
"The object, which could pass 240 metres above the station, is a piece of abandoned American cargo launched in 1963" and weighing 79 kilogrammes (175 pounds), said a spokesman for the centre, Vsevolod Latychev.
"But following our calculations, the chance of a collision is practically zero.... There is therefore no need to change the flight path of the ISS," he told Latychev.
Officials at the centre had earlier indicated that the debris might pose a threat to the ISS and that its inhabitants, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and US astronaut Jeffrey Williams, might have to move into an escape vessel as a precaution.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.