Mission Control Gives All Clear of Debris; Crew Resuming Normal Operations

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International Space Station

The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-132 crew member on space shuttle Atlantis.

The crew of the International Space Station is resuming normal operations after getting an all clear from Mission Control following a close pass by space debris this morning at 7:01 a.m. CDT. All station systems are operating normally and the crew will move out of the Soyuz spacecraft in which they stayed during the debris pass. They will reconfigure the station for normal operations and then continue their research work during the day. This was the fourth time in the history of station operations that the crew has moved to the Soyuz due to a potential close pass of debris. This debris was from an old Russian weather satellite.

3 thoughts on “Mission Control Gives All Clear of Debris; Crew Resuming Normal Operations

  1. Carlos Rodriguez

    Did they close the hatch and all?? That’s scary.

    Also, in a case of a emergency, when there’s no early warning, how fast the crew can get to the soyuz and undock of the ISS to get to earth safely??

    I love space!

    Cheers!

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    1. Mark Post author

      Good question…

      They closed the hatch but did not latch it. If needed, they could suit up and undock in less than an hour.

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