The six-member crew of the International Space Station were forced to evacuate to two Russian Soyuz evacuation capsules 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
2:59PM BST 28 Jun 201167 Comments
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….