MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) – The International Space Station is out of harm’s way after flying higher to avoid space junk.
Flight controllers raised the space station’s orbit by a mile Wednesday. That’s because a small piece of debris from an old Chinese satellite was going to come dangerously close. Without the maneuver, the two objects would have come within seven-tenths of a mile later in the morning, too close for NASA’s comfort.
The three space station astronauts were informed of the situation. NASA says they were never in danger.
A maneuver had been planned anyway for later Wednesday in preparation for the launch of three more astronauts on Nov. 23 from Kazakhstan. Now, that engine firing won’t be needed.