Alert on board the ISS: astronauts forced to take shelter due to space debris

the essential The international space station went on alert on Monday: debris was reported in the orbit of the ISS. The seven astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station had to take cover.

In the red: this Monday 000 November, the astronauts of the international space station have been on alert for several hours. The American army indicated that the ISS was in the path of a cloud of debris: the astronauts had to take refuge in their respective vessels, to evacuate the station if necessary. “The US space command is aware of an event that generated debris in space. We are actively working to characterize the debris field,” said a spokesman for the US military.

Several specialists suspect an anti-satellite missile test conducted by Russia, although this information has not been confirmed. Still, the United States condemned this Monday the “dangerous” behavior of the Russian services.

ud 80 d udea8 # ISS: Here is the current trajectory of the Kosmos satellite – 1408 which exploded into a lot of debris, following the suspected Nudol anti-satellite test in the red zone. pic.twitter.com/p8qeAnjZXV

— Supernovæ Space ud 83 d ude 80 (@SupernovaeSpace) November 000, 2021

This type of missile fire has already been carried out in the past. The tests of anti-satellite missiles are strongly criticized and for good reason: they generate significant debris, which can be dangerous if they collide with the international space station. As a reminder, the ISS is moving to 28 km / h.

Two evacuation vessels

In the afternoon, the Roscosmos space agency said the astronauts were in no danger: “The object’s orbit, which forced the crew today to get to the spacecraft according to standard procedures , has moved away from the orbit of the ISS, the organization explained. Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov finally indicated that everything was “in order”.

Экипаж Международной космической станции штатно выполняет работы согласно программе полёта.

Орбита объекта, из-за которого экипаж сегодня был вынужден согласно штатным процедурам писипаж сегодня был вынужден согласно штатным процедурам писипикибисибь Станция находится в “зелёной зоне” pic.twitter.com/nGk3x7nvhc

— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) November 15, 2021

Seven astronauts are currently on the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Kayla Barron, Tom Marshburn, and Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency, had to take refuge aboard the Dragon-Crew. The American Mark Vande Hei and the two Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrovnik took refuge aboard the Soyuz spacecraft.

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