Space station may have to dodge space junk again

March 16, 2009 at 8:05 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

NASA kept close tabs on an old piece of space junk Monday that threatened to come too close to the international space station as the shuttle Discovery raced toward the orbiting outpost for a 220-mile-high linkup.

The debris this time is from a Soviet military satellite called Kosmos 1275, which broke up somewhat mysteriously shortly after its 1981 launch.

More from the AP.

It seems like this is happening alot recently.  I wonder if there is more junk, if the junk there is is getting more press, or if we are sending more satalites/shuttles/space stations so we have to avoid junk more often.

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