Space station dodges orbital debris from Russian anti-satellite test

Space station dodges orbital debris from Russian anti-satellite test

Space station dodges orbital debris from Russian anti-satellite test

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

The Russian space agency Roscosmos used an unmanned Progress 81 freighter docked at the International Space Station to clear the orbiting laboratory from a piece of space debris from the Russian satellite Cosmos 1408, sharing video of the activity. (opens in new tab) on the social media service Telegram. Russia destroyed the defunct Soviet-era satellite in an anti-satellite missile test in November 2021.