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Space Station Gets Close Wakeup Call

4 Jul 2011, 18:42 UTC
Space Station Gets Close Wakeup Call
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Last week, astronauts on the International Space Station had an unwelcome visitor. A piece of space debris came out of nowhere to buzz the station at high speed. The debris was spotted too late for the space station to dodge it. So the six astronauts on the station were told to "shelter in place." They took cover in two Russian spacecraft docked to the station in case they had to make a hasty departure.The debris, of unknown origin, passed by without incident last Tuesday morning. But it had a 0.3 percent chance of impact and came within about 250 meters of the station--way too close for comfort. [More]

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