16:50 GMT19 October 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The unknown piece of space debris that the International Space Station (ISS) avoided on Wednesday was, in fact, a fragment of an exploded stage of Japan's H-2A carrier rocket, a source in the space sphere revealed.

    "This 'stranger' was object 46477, internationally registered as 2018-084CQ. It is a fragment of the second stage of Japan's H-2A rocket, which exploded in February 2019," the source said.

    According to the source, the rocket launched into space six satellites, including Ibuki-2 greenhouse gases observing satellite, back in October 2018.

    Japan's H-2A rocket, carrying a spy satellite, launches from the launch pad of Tanegashima Space Center at Tanegashima island in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu on February 1, 2015
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    Japan's H-2A rocket, carrying a spy satellite, launches from the launch pad of Tanegashima Space Center at Tanegashima island in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu on February 1, 2015

    According to data of the US Air Force, available on space-track.org website, the explosion of the second stage of Japan's rocket had led to the emergence of over 75 pieces of debris in space.

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