HOUSTON – Flight controllers from three International Space Station (ISS) partner nations coordinated a firing of thrusters on the European Space Agency’s ATV-5 resupply ship early Nov. 12 to avoid a close pass between the orbiting science laboratory and debris associated with a Chinese reconnaissance satellite. It was the second avoidance maneuver for the near 260-mi.-high ISS within three weeks. The ATV-5, docked to the aft end of the station’s Russian segment, fired its ...

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