The International Space Station will not carry out orbit correction due to the rendezvous with a fragment of the Falcon 9 rocket of the company Ilona Mask SpaceX, Roscosmos reported. It does not threaten the safety of the station, added the state corporation. This is a fragment of a Falcon 9 rocket launched in 2019.
“The station and the crew of the 66th long-term expedition are working as usual. As of November 24, 2021, this fragment does not pose a threat to the ISS, an evasion maneuver is not required, ”it said. According to Russian experts, the minimum distance between the ISS and this object will exceed 5.3 km.
Today, the Falcon 9 launch vehicle launched in California with the DART kamikaze probe. He must crash into an asteroid to test the technology of protecting the Earth from collisions with space objects.
On November 15, it became known that the astronauts on the ISS had to hide on the spacecraft due to the threat of a collision of debris with the station. The United States announced the tests of Russian space weapons, later Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed them. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby noted that Russia did not notify the United States about the tests. White House spokesman Andrew Bates said the United States and its allies will prepare a response to Russia’s actions in space.
More details about the incident – in the material of “Kommersant” “They littered here.”