NASA worries meteor storm could damage space station

Friday - 6/18/2010, 1:09pm EDT

Astronomers believe a seven-hour bombardment from the comet debris, due later next year, could strike orbiting spacecraft and wreck their electronics. NASA said the storm, which crosses the Earth's orbit around the sun every October, comes from a meteor shower called the Draconids. It has been given that name because the meteors appear to stream in from the direction of the constellation of Draco the Dragon. They are also known as the Giacobinids after the name of the comet that dumped them, Giacobini-Zinner. The Telegraph reports that NASA is currently investigating reorienting the international space station and Hubble space telescope to ensure vulnerable areas are turned away from the incoming sandblast.

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