Space Station to move to avoid trash


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MOSCOW -The Russian space program’s Mission Control Center says it  will move the International Space Station into a different orbit to avoid  possible collision with a fragment of debris.

Mission Control Center spokeswoman Nadyezhda Zavyalova said  the Russian Zvevda module will fire booster rockets to carry out the operation  Thursday at 07:22 a.m. Moscow time (0322 GMT).

The space station performs  evasive maneuvers when the likelihood of a collision exceeds one in 10,000.

NASA estimates that more than 21,000  fragments of orbital debris larger than 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) are stuck in  earth’s orbit, and experts  worry that orbiting junk is becoming a growing problem for the space  industry.

There are six astronauts  — three Russians, two Americans and one from Japan — onboard the orbiting  laboratory.

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