The crew aboard the ISS crew resumed normal routines after a close brush with floating space junk from a defunct Russian satellite.
The astronauts and hands aboard the ISS (International Space Station) got back to doing what they do best after a situation of panic and pandemonium. Mission Control gave them the green light signal after the space junk that came floating by dispersed by itself.
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Things have gone back to how they were before the crisis and as for the crew, they will shift from the Soyuz space habitat in which they sojourned during the debris fallout in outer space back to the main habitat of the ISS.
The run-of-the-mill operational work will restart as usual after some reconfiguration. It’s another hard day’s work for the brave astronauts aboard the space vessel. This happens to be the fourth such incident in the history of the ISS when it had to be evacuated due to a close call with clashing debris in the vacuum of space.
This time around the junk matter came from a decrepit Russian climatic satellite that was orbiting the earth. The trio of astronauts that were aboard the ISS almost found themselves in a real life scene from the film Gravity a la Sandra Bullock.
While the condition the three found themselves in was not exactly as dramatic as the movie, it came close enough to scare them witless. They did not face destruction of their space station, not did they get hurled into the depths of space by force and have their oxygen supply fall seriously short.
But it was the closest in real life that the astronauts came to being decimated had not the high command acted decisively and promptly. A few scraps of the Russian satellite were headed their way and they decided to go into the Soyuz to escape any dire consequences.
All signals were on high alert as the crew prepared for the worst (complete evacuation and a thorough escape from the SNAFU). The fact of the matter is that the great number of pieces of space trash is a constant threat to the ISS. And while most of it stays clear of the space station, there is always the law of chance to take into consideration.
As the Boy Scouts motto has it: “Be Prepared”. Many times in the past an emergency situation was enforced due to the flotsam and jetsam of space. It was a good thing that this time around too the scare was just a scare and not a threatening fact in reality.