NASA: Debris Will Miss Space Station

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 16, 2009 8:25 PM CDT
Astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander, participates in a spacewalk Tuesday March 10, 2009 to perform maintenance on the International Space Station.    (AP Photo/NASA)
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(Newser) – NASA gave the all-clear to the international space station tonight, telling its astronauts they would not need to steer away from an orbiting piece of satellite junk. Experts had been keeping close tabs on the debris all day, at one point believing it might pass within a half-mile of the space station tomorrow, just ahead of the shuttle Discovery's arrival.