Fearing that debris from the satellite that China destroyed last week might pose a danger to the astronauts on the ISS,US and Russian officials ordered the station to change it's orbit. The destruction of an aging weather satellite by China sparked a fury of international protests and may have sped up the battle for a proven missile defense system. The ISS was moved mainly as a precaution to make sure that the stations occupants stayed clear of the debris field.
"We are diverting the orbit of the ISS to prevent a possible collision with large fragments of space debris, a decision the Russian Mission Control took together with the Johnson Space Center in Houston," a Russian Mission Control spokesman told Novosti Friday.
The spokesman said the debris did not threaten the space station, and that an anti-meteorite system protected it from smaller fragments.
I wonder if China realized how globally negitive the response to their test would be? I wonder if they cared?