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NASA calls off spacewalk due to possible risk of space debris

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mission control in Houston informed the space station crew Tuesday afternoon that the spacewalk will be rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 2. STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION Two spacesuits inside the Quest airlock on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA A planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station by astronauts Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron was called off early ...

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It’s Time to Stop Doing Anti-Satellite Tests

Earlier this month, the Russian military conducted an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, launching a PL19 Nudol interceptor missile at a now-defunct Soviet-era intelligence satellite, KOSMOS 1408. The impact obliterated the spacecraft, creating a debris field consisting of approximately 1500 pieces of trackable debris, and potentially hundreds of thousands of pieces that are too small to monitor with ground-based radar. In ...

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