ISS astronauts take shelter from space junk
Six astronauts took shelter in escape capsules when orbiting junk threatened the international space station.
March 24th, 2012
08:25 AM ET

ISS astronauts take shelter from space junk

A piece of a debris from a Russian Cosmos satellite passed close enough to the international space station on Saturday that its crew was ordered into escape capsules as a precaution, NASA said.

The six crew members were told to take shelter late Friday in their Soyuz capsules after it was determined there was a small possibility the debris could hit the station, the U.S. space agency said in a statement.

NASA said it began tracking the debris early Friday morning but only decided to take the precautionary steps after an analysis showed a slight possibility of hitting the space station.


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