November 30, 2022

Space Station Fires Thrusters To Avoid Dangerous Debris From Pegasus Rocket

The space station was visualized from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during its departure on November 8, 2021. Credit: NASA Johnson
At 1:58 a.m. CST, 2:58 a.m. EST today (December 3, 2021), the Russian Progress 79, connected to the area station, fired its thrusters for 2 minutes and 41 seconds to somewhat decrease the stations orbit. This maneuver offered a healthy margin of separation from a piece of Pegasus rocket debris (object 39915) that ballistics specialists have actually been tracking. The Expedition 66 team aboard the station is not in any extra threat.
The Pre-determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver, or PDAM, was coordinated in between NASA flight controllers, Russian ballistics officials, and the stations other worldwide partners.
The stations orbit has been lowered by 3/10 of a mile at apogee and 4/10 of a mile at perigee. The existing orbit is 262.6 x 258.8 statute miles.

By NASA
December 3, 2021

Object 39915 was a piece of particles created during the separation of item 23106 (Pegasus R/B). The launch happened on May 19, 1994, and the break up of the rockets upper phase took place on June 3, 1996.

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