Protecting the astronauts living on the space station is crucial.
“NASA has a long-standing set of guidelines to ensure the safety of Station crew,” según el comunicado. “The safety of astronauts on board the orbiting laboratory remains the top priority of all Station partners.”
The robotic arm is continuing to carry out planned operations as the analysis continues.
Orbital debris is also tracked to make sure there is no threat to spacecraft coming and going from the station.
En abril 23, a SpaceX Crew Dragon Spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and Akihiko Hoshide from Japan launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
En route to the station, the crew was actually warned when teams on the ground quickly realized the spacecraft might be at risk of colliding with a piece of orbital debris. sin embargo, the danger passed when tracking revealed the object was farther away than anticipated.
Although low-Earth orbit is more protective to the astronauts than if they were living in deep space, they are still exposed to some of the dangers of life in the space environment — like orbital debris.