A fragment of the American Falcon 9 rocket flew 5 km from the ISS

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A fragment of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle at 7:18 Moscow time flew 5 km from the International Space Station, according to the Roscosmos Telegram channel.

“A fragment of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, approaching the International Space Station, at 07:18 Moscow time passed the ISS at a distance of over 5 km,” it was reported. It is specified that the fragment did not interfere with the flight of the station.

On November 23, Roskosmos reported that on November 25 a Falcon 9 fragment is expected 5.5 km from the ISS. The state corporation said that cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Peter Dubrov and the Mission Control Center are preparing to undock the ISS and the MS-17 cargo vehicle and dock the station with the Progress M-UM spacecraft. Docking with the ISS is scheduled for November 26 at 18:26 Moscow time.

On November 15, the ISS approached space debris several times. During the first two encounters between the Scaplers and Dubov and American astronaut Mark Vande Hai boarded the Soyuz MS-19, the Americans Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron and German astronaut Matthias Maurer hid aboard the Crew Dragon. Roscosmos reported that the ISS twice successfully missed space debris, the station and the crew were not injured.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the debris came from Russia’s testing of an anti-satellite missile that destroyed one of its space satellites on November 15. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed the successful test of the anti-satellite system. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense ruled out the possibility of a threat to the MSC as a result of tests.

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