The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts had to get their pressurized suits on hours after Friday’s launch from Kennedy Space Center because of a threat from an unidentified object that came too close for NASA’s comfort.
In a report from futurism.com, NASA spokesperson Kelly Humphries said US Space Command warned the agency on Friday of a possible “conjunction,” as in two objects coming together, and that “the object being tracked is classified as ‘unknown.’”
The Crew-2 Dragon launched from KSC at 5:49 a.m. Friday and docked with the International Space Station on Saturday. On its way to the station, the four passengers on board – NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, France’s Thomas Pesquet and Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide – were told to put on their more protective space suits in case of a collision.
Humphries told Futurism that there was no time for an avoidance maneuver. The warning came at about 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Despite the warning, the threat turned out to not be as close a call, and ended up posing no danger, with its closest approach coming at 45 km, according to Humphries.
She told Futurism “there was no real danger to the crew or the spacecraft.”
Just what the object was has not been determined.
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