Friday, March 13, 2009

Debris briefly forces astronauts from space station

MIAMI (Reuters) - The astronauts aboard the International Space Station briefly evacuated to a Russian escape spaceship on Thursday when a piece of space debris came too close, NASA said.

The debris was an old motor that probably was once a part of the space station, NASA spokeswoman Laura Rochon said.

The Russian Space Command said the debris had passed the station and the crew were in no danger and had returned.

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