NS International Space Station Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, said Friday that the American rocket had to adjust its orbit to avoid a collision with a piece of debris, according to state news agency TASS.
“Five minutes earlier, the ISS had avoided combining with american space debris, Pegasus carrier rocket remains,” Rogozin said, according to TASS.
Rogozin said earlier on Friday that the maneuver to avoid a piece of debris from a US rocket launched in 1994 was planned for 10:58 Moscow time.
The orbit was to be adjusted by the thrusters of the Progress MS-18 space freighter, which is docked at the station.
Earlier this week, NASA postponed a spacewalk originally scheduled for Tuesday, after receiving a space debris warning for the International Space Station.
Hours before the astronauts left the ISS, the agency said its twitter account That “due to a lack of opportunity to properly assess the risk,” it had decided to delay the spacewalk.
It was not clear at the time whether the warning A. Was it related to space debris created by Russian anti-satellite test Two weeks ago the crew members aboard the International Space Station were forced to scramble in their spacecraft for safety.
A six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk was successfully carried out later Thursday, with NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron replacing a malfunctioning communications antenna and achieving other “move on” tasks.
Thursday’s spacewalk was the 245th conducted to assemble, maintain and upgrade the space station, which has served as a continuous low-Earth orbit center for humans for 21 years.