Space station avoids orbital debris from Russian anti-satellite test

A piece of space debris from a test of Russian anti-satellite weapons forced the International Space Station to maneuver to avoid orbital debris Thursday, June 16.

Russian space agency Roscosmos used an uncrewed Progress 81 freighter docked to the International Space Station to move the laboratory into orbit away from a piece of space debris from Russia’s Cosmos 1408 satellite, sharing video of the activity (opens in a new tab) on the social media service Telegram. Russia destroyed the defunct Soviet-era satellite during an anti-satellite missile test in November 2021.

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