posted on Jul, 4 2003 @ 10:40 AM
But I will add also, that the "junk" up there isn't THAT much of threat to the ISS.
First, it's moving in the same direction.
Second, if it's in the same orbit, it's moving at close to the same speed.
Third, the ISS is shielded with MMIS (micro-meteorite impact shields) that are designed to disperse the energy of a small impacting object prior to it
contacting the main structure of the station.