December 8, 2021

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Russia says SpaceX Starlink satellite and space junk may narrowly miss Progress cargo ship in orbit

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Russia’s Progress 78 cargo ship, which launched toward the International Space Station on Tuesday (June 29), will get dangerously close to one of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites and a Falcon 9 rocket fragment, according to a statement from the Russian space agency Roscosmos. 

The Progress spacecraft, which carries about 3,600 lbs. (1,633 kilograms) of cargo including food, fuel and other supplies to the orbital outpost, launched from Roscomos’ Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:27 p.m. EDT (2327 GMT) on Tuesday (June 29). Progress 78 will approach the two objects about three and a half hours before its docking at the International Space Station, which is scheduled for 9:02 p.m. EDT on July 1 (0102 July 2 GMT).

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