07:48 GMT25 July 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) -The space debris, which will pass near the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, does not pose a threat to the station, the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos said.

    The agency said the space debris that will approach the ISS at 13:16 GMT "does not pose a threat".

    "The probability of a collision with the ISS is zero, no correction manoeuvre is required", Roscosmos tweeted.

    The statement was issued after NASA yesterday announced that there was a threat of an unidentified object approaching the station by up to 4.8 km [3 miles] on Thursday at 13:16 GMT. Roscosmos, however, remained sceptical, saying that a collision is not probable.

    This photo provided by NASA shows the International Space Station as seen from Space Shuttle Atlantis during mission STS-106, which delivered supplies and performed maintenance in September 2000.
    © AP Photo / NASA
    This photo provided by NASA shows the International Space Station as seen from Space Shuttle Atlantis during mission STS-106, which delivered supplies and performed maintenance in September 2000.

    The station was hit by space debris earlier this year. A piece of space junk struck the Canadian remote robotic system aboard the ISS, but the incident did not affect the operation of the device.

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