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NASA Monitors Hunk of Junk Headed for ISS reports that NASA is keeping a close eye on a piece of metal from the Ariane 5 rocket body that will pass by the ISS sometime on Friday. NASA reports that the hunk of space junk could get as close as 2 miles away from the ISS and Discovery, which is currently docked there; meaning both may have to be moved.

NASA is expected to make a decision regarding the move by Thursday night. The debris is expected to fly past the space station at around 11 a.m. EDT on Friday. According to, NASA flight director office chief John McCullough told reporters that, as of late Wednesday, they are confident the station-shuttle complex won't have to dodge the object.