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Russian anti-satellite test forces ISS crew to shelter in place

15 Nov 2021, 20:30 UTC
Russian anti-satellite test forces ISS crew to shelter in place
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The crew of the International Space Station had to shelter in place on Nov. 15, 2021, because of debris created by a Russian anti-satellite missile test. While the crew is safe, normal activities are not expected to resume until at least Nov. 16. Credit: NASA/Roscosmos
Days after the four Crew-3 Dragon astronauts arrived at the International Space Station, the seven-person Expedition 66 crew was forced to shelter in place as the outpost passed near a debris field produced from an anti-satellite test.
Multiple times over the course of the day, Nov. 15, 2021, the ISS passed near the debris field from a recent Russian anti-satellite missile test. This prompted the station astronauts to close many of the hatches between modules, mainly the axial modules, just in case a debris strike caused depressurization.
Aboard the ISS are NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer, who arrived at the ISS Nov. 12 in the SpaceX Crew-3 Dragon spacecraft, as well as Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei.
The multinational Expedition 66 crew includes (from left to right) NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn, European Space Agency astronaut ...

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