Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Piece of space debris damages the robotic arm of the International Space Station

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The press release notes that officials discovered that a hole, about 5 mm wide, had been punctured a boom segment of Canadarm2. While NASA and other space agencies around the world are tracking more than 23,000 objects that can be as small as a softball, the Canadian Space Agency noted that some space debris is too tiny to track.

Officials suspect that it was one of those little pieces of debris — whether a pebble or a fleck of paint from a nearby satellite — that punctured the robotic arm.

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“Space can be a harsh and unforgiving environment for the robots and humans that explore it,” the agency said in a press release. Luckily, the robotic arm is still operational and “unaffected” by the damage. The Canadian Space Agency indicated that Canadarm2 is still conducting planned operations.

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