While accusations fly, NASA eyes space junk in shuttle launch

02/13/2009 | Seattle Times, The

NASA says it is studying the debris field left by Tuesday's crash between a U.S. and Russian satellite, but preliminary indications are that a space shuttle launch scheduled for Feb. 22 will proceed as planned. The Pentagon is responsible for tracking some 18,000 objects in orbit, and no warnings were issued prior to the crash, according to a spokeswoman for Iridium, the owner of the U.S. satellite.

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