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Debris moving toward shuttle, space station

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  • Debris moving in the vicinity of international space station and Shuttle Discovery
  • Debris is from European Ariane series rocket launched in 2006
  • By Friday morning, debris would be within two miles of space station
  • Officials to decide on Thursday if they will nudge station, shuttle out of the way
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(CNN) -- NASA is monitoring debris in space moving in the vicinity of the international space station and the Shuttle Discovery docked with it, officials said late Wednesday.

The debris, measuring "multiple meters" in size, is from a European Ariane series rocket launched in 2006, NASA said.

By 10:06 a.m. ET Friday, the debris will be moving within 3 km (1.8 miles) of the space station, the agency said.

Officials will decide by Thursday morning whether astronauts will have to fire thrusters on the Discovery to nudge the shuttle and the space station out of the way, NASA said.

CNN's John Zarrella contributed to this report.

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