NASA Tracking Potentially Dangerous Space Junk Near Shuttle, Space Station
by Denise Chow, SPACE.com Staff Writer Date: 10 July 2011 Time: 05:18 PM ET
HOUSTON – NASA is tracking a piece of space junk that could fly close to the International Space Station and the connected shuttle Atlantis, officials announced today (July 10).
Mission managers were notified of the potentially threatening piece of space trash this morning, and are continuing to observe the object to determine whether they need to take any action to avoid a collision.
Based on initial assessments, the object is expected to make its closest approach at 12:59 p.m. EDT (1659 GMT) on Tuesday (July 12), during a scheduled spacewalk by station astronauts Ron Garan and Mike Fossum.