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Debris Forces Space Station Astronauts To Take Shelter


The International Space Station and the docked space shuttle "Endeavour" in May 2011

The International Space Station and the docked space shuttle "Endeavour" in May 2011

A discarded chunk of a Russian rocket missed the International Space Station early on March 24.

However, it came close enough to force the station's multinational crew of astronauts -- two Americans, three Russians, and a Dutchman -- to seek shelter in escape capsules.

NASA says the space junk was barely close enough to be a threat.

This is the third time in 12 years that astronauts have had to seek shelter from space junk.

Based on reporting by AP
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