ISS Astronauts Flee Flying Russian Space Debris

It was too late to do 'evasive maneuver' by the time they got word from NASA
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2015 1:16 PM CDT
Whew, close call.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – American astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts shacked up at the International Space Station had to scurry out of the way of flying space debris after a chunk of a Russian weather satellite sped by earlier today, AFP reports. The men hurried into the Soyuz spacecraft, which ferries them back and forth from the ISS, right before the debris rushed by at 8:01 EDT, NASA says. About 90 minutes before the debris flew by, Kelly got word from NASA that it was heading their way.

"The data on the possible close pass was received too late and was not sufficiently precise enough for the station to take any evasive maneuver," a NASA spokesman told AFP in an email. There was no damage to the space station, and the crew is now resuming normal operations, the agency says, with another rep likening the regularly trained-for maneuver to a fire drill. (Kelly is currently undertaking the longest mission aboard the ISS by a US astronaut.)

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