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Saturday, 24 March 2012 - 19:48
ISS alert over passing space junk
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The crew of the International Space Station briefly took refuge in escape capsules as a piece of space junk drifted nearby.

The debris - a discarded piece of Russian rocket - was detected yesterday when it was too late to move the ISS

NASA said the debris was barely close enough to be a threat but that precautionary measures had to be taken.

It is the third time in 12 years that the ISS has faced a possible collision with space junk.

In June, a piece of debris came within 335m of the platform.

The ISS is currently manned by three Russians, two Americans and a Japanese astronaut.

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