ISS could perform maneuver to avoid space debris on Friday - NASA

The International Space Station could perform a maneuver to avoid space debris on Friday, NASA said on its Web site.

The ISS crew and mission controllers are preparing to perform a maneuver to dodge space garbage at around 7:36 p.m. Moscow time, it said.

A unidentified space object could fly dangerously near the station at about 9:54 p.m. Moscow time. The maneuver will not affect the undocking and the Soyuz TMA-05M crew's return to the Earth on Monday, NASA said.

A source in Mission Control near Moscow told Interfax-AVN that the ISS is under no direct threat and that the final decision on the space maneuver will be made after 3 p.m. on Friday.

"According to U.S. ballistics experts, a fragment of space junk has entered the so-called red corridor and could be a threat potentially. But the data received is not sufficient yet for making the final decision," the source said.

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