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International Space Station crew forced to evacuate

June 28, 2011 Comments off

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The six-member crew of the International Space Station wereforced to evacuate to two Russian Soyuz rescue space vehicles after spotting incoming debris that threatened to flatten the fragile craft
The six-member crew of the International Space Station wereforced to evacuate to two Russian Soyuz rescue space vehicles after spotting incoming debris that threatened to flatten the fragile craft

‘The space junk was detected too late for a ducking manoeuvre,’ the source told Interfax Photo: AFP

The space junk missed the craft by 820ft, a Russian space industry source tolkd the Interfax news agency

“The space junk was detected too late for a ducking manoeuvre,” the source told Interfax.

“The six ISS crew members received instructions to transfer to the Soyuz vehicles,” the Russian source said.

An official at Russian space control outside Moscow said by telephone that such incidents had occurred on past occasions and did not represent an emergency.

“If this is true, they would be following the normal procedure for evacuating the station if necessary,” the mission control spokesman said.

“This is not an emergency operation. They have standing instructions to that effect,” the spokeswoman said.

Three crew members were forced to briefly evacuate the ISS in an incident in March 2009.

It was not immediately clear when the debris was expected to approach the station or what precisely was detected.

The crew is currently manned by three Russians and two Americans as well as a Japanese astronaut.