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updated 10/26/2010 12:18:38 PM ET 2010-10-26T16:18:38

The International Space Station has steered clear of space junk.

Flight controllers fired thrusters on the space station Tuesday morning. That moved the orbiting lab and its crew of six safely away from a chunk of an old NASA research satellite.

The debris originally was projected to come within one-tenth of a mile (about 160 meters) of the space station. The latest estimate put the close approach at a half-mile (800 meters). Because of the uncertainty, NASA elected to move the space station.

NASA says the space station relocation will have no significant impact on next Monday's launch of the space shuttle Discovery. Discovery launched the atmospheric research satellite in 1991.

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