Space debris ‘event’ forces ISS crew to take evasive action

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Washington (AFP) – The United States said Monday it was investigating a “debris-generating event in outer space” after astronauts on the International Space Station were forced to prepare for a possible evacuation. The incident came amid unconfirmed reports that Russia had carried out an anti-satellite weapon (ASAT) test — rare show-of-force demonstrations criticized by the space community because of the risk they create for crews in low Earth orbit. “US Space Command is aware of a debris-generating event in outer space. We are actively working to characterize the debris field and will contin…

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