Space station dodges orbital debris from Russian anti-satellite test

A piece of space junk from a Russian anti-satellite weapons test forced the International Space Station to maneuver Thursday (June 16) to avoid the orbital debris.

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos used a Progress 81 unmanned cargo ship docked with the International Space Station to clear the orbiting laboratory of a piece of space debris from Russia’s Cosmos 1408 satellite and shared video of the activity (opens in new tab) on the social media service Telegram. Russia destroyed the defunct Soviet-era satellite in an anti-satellite missile test in November 2021.