September 3, 2009
NASA watches space debris near the ISS
NASA astronauts prepared Thursday for another spacewalk despite reports of space debris moving toward the International Space Station.
NASA said astronauts Danny Olivas and Christer Fuglesang spent their sleep period inside an ISS airlock in preparation for the second STS-128 spacewalk, scheduled to begin at 5:19 p.m. EDT Thursday.
McCullough said the debris that was being tracked is approximately 204 square feet and is in an elliptical orbit. The closest approach -- just under two miles from the station -- is expected at 10:06 a.m. EDT Friday, he said.
CNN said the debris is from a European Ariane series rocket launched in 2006.