Recently, The International Space Station(ISS) has had a rough time.
In the past year, the ISS has gone through multiple bad experiences including atmospheric leaks into space, mysterious smoke in the station, and a misfiring module that send the orbital spinning.
But even more recently, the ISS almost had a catastrophic incident.
The ISS narrowly avoided a collision with trash in space. (Come on! Humans already have tons of trash in the ocean and now we have trash in space?)
Space Trash threatening the International Space Station
Almost 15 years ago, the Chinese weather satellite was abandoned and the Russians recently did an anti-satellite test and blow it to smithereens, with a missile fired at it which generated more debris in space.
Experts believe that the test resulted in the creation of more than 3,500 pieces of space junk and these pieces of trash are orbiting mother earth at high speed.
A Russian spacecraft help out and fired its thrusters for 6 minutes and pushed the ISS for half a mile avoiding the disaster.
This is not the first time the ISS had to move to avoid space trash, in the last 23 years the ISS had to move around over 30 times to avoid such problems.
That is like having a disaster more than once a year.
In May, the ISS failed to avoid small debris and an object pierce a 5mm hole in one of the station’s equipment.
If you’re wondering how a small piece of trash can damage the space station, you are seriously uninformed.
An average satellite orbits the earth at a speed of about 7,000 mph, so imagine we have a piece of trash moving at that speed towards the station.
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