Space junk hit a robotic arm on the International Space Station

Published June 3, 2021


Smithsonian Magazine quoted John Crassidis, the Samuel P. Capen Chair Professor and a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, about a piece of space debris that struck a robotic arm of the International Space Station.

“There’s a lot of stuff out there traveling at over 17, 500 mph and obviously it can do a lot of damage,” said Crassidis to Richard Luscombe at the Guardian. He added: “This one didn’t do any real damage, it went through some insulation and we don’t even know if it hit part of the arm. [But] it’s some pretty scary stuff.”

Read the story here. Russia’s Sputnik International included his comments in a separate article.