NASA watching for space junk nearing space station

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

June 18, 2010

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is keeping a close watch on three pieces of space junk that could come uncomfortably close to the International Space Station this weekend.

They are old Russian and Chinese satellite and rocket parts. Mission managers decided there was no need to move the station today to dodge a fourth piece of junk, but the station's orbit continues to be reassessed.

A Russian capsule docked yesterday carrying three new residents.

The Soyuz arrival means there are now two women living full time at the space station for the first time ever. Shannon Walker, a physicist from Houston, joins Tracy Dyson Caldwell. Walker took Amelia Earhart's watch into orbit. Four men also are on board.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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