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Space Junk Forced Astronauts Into ISS Escape Capsules 87

According to a story from CNN, "A piece of a debris from a Russian Cosmos satellite passed close enough to the International Space Station on Saturday that its crew was ordered into escape capsules as a precaution, NASA said. The six crew members were told to take shelter late Friday in their Soyuz capsules after it was determined there was a small possibility the debris could hit the station, the U.S. space agency said in a statement." This isn't the first time it's happened, either. The escape capsules (actually, they're Soyuz spacecraft) must be nice to have on hand, but I'd hate to have to test their efficacy.
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Space Junk Forced Astronauts Into ISS Escape Capsules

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  • And what if .... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by realitycheckplease (2487810) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @10:20PM (#39464047)
    The debris hits the Soyuz and not the main station?
  • Need the dragon (Score:4, Interesting)

    by WindBourne (631190) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @10:36PM (#39464103) Journal
    Seriously, one of the hidden issues on the ISS is that the crews are split. Lets assume that SOMETHING happens in the middle of the station. That would seperate the western group from the souyz. Once the dragon is rated for cargo, it would actually be good if it got enough of a life support and seats put into place to launch a dragon up there and dock it there. According to SpaceX, it has a life of 1 year. Once dragon or any other western craft is human rated, then stop the life boats.