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NASA's Fermi spacecraft dodged a defunct Russian satellite

g01d4 (888748) writes | about a year ago

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g01d4 (888748) writes "On March 29, 2012, NASA scientists learned that the space agency’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope was headed for a potential conjunction (close approach) with Cosmos 1805, a defunct Russian satellite from the Cold War era.The team knew that the only way to move Fermi would be to fire thrusters designed to move the spacecraft out of orbit at the end of its operating life. On April 3rd shortly after noon EDT, the space agency fired all thrusters for one second. When it was over, everyone involved 'just sighed with relief that it all went well.' By 1 p.m., the spacecraft had returned to its mission."
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