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Old US satellite is expected to fly near ISS at 18:30 Moscow time on Tuesday
An old US satellite is expected to fly near the International Space Stations (ISS) at 18:30 Moscow time on Tuesday, a Russian Mission Control official told ITAR-TASS. The satellite Hitch Hiker that was launched in 1963 will be 240 meters close to the ISS. The 79-kilogramme satellite is sized 0.9 by 0.3 meters. The Russian chief ballistician, Academician Nikolai Petrov said that “space control means of Russia and the US permanently watch the situation in orbit throughout the flight, timely releasing respective information”. The ISS programme is complete with an emergency procedure of the ISS’ evading space waste. Six evasion manoeuvres have been carried our during the flight of the ISS, including four using Russia’s supply ships Progress and two with the help of the US’ shuttles. The Russian Mission Control and the US space agency NASA decided not to use an escape manoeuvre this time, as specialists assess a probability of the space station’s collision with the old satellite as near naught.
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