The amount of space debris scattered around the Earth’s orbit has become a concern for space agencies around the world.

The Flight Control Center carried out an unplanned maneuver to correct the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS), in order to avoid a space debris impact, reported the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

“All operations were carried out normally and in full correspondence with the calculations of the Russian specialists of the ballistics service, ”the entity said in a statement.

The maneuver was carried out by activating the propellers of the Progress MS-14 freighter, coupled to the Zvezda module of the Russian segment of the station, according to Roscosmos.

The thrusters ran for 100 seconds, whereupon the height of the station was increased by 300 meters.

The most recent change of orbit of the EEI was carried out on June 29, with an increase in height of 480 meters, with which the station was located 418.5 kilometers from Earth.

The maneuver was carried out in order to prepare the station for the next arrival of the Progress MS-15 freighter, whose launch is scheduled for July 23 this year.

The amount of space debris scattered around the Earth’s orbit has become a concern for space agencies around the world.

As Russian scientists have warned, it is estimated that this will double by 2030.

Currently, the Space Control System has cataloged more than 50,000 space objects of technological origin in various orbits.

Experts from Russia’s Bauman State Technical Institute estimate that they orbit close to Earth 7,200 tons of space debris.

The collision of a ten centimeter object could involve a “catastrophic fragmentation” of a satellite, one of a centimeter could pierce the shields of the ISS and a piece of just a millimeter would destroy satellite subsystems.

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