[amsat-bb] ISS Temporarily Evacuated

Andrew Koenig andrewkoenig at thathamkid.com
Thu Mar 12 13:02:42 PDT 2009

I heard about this in school today when my English teacher got a text
message from her Boy Friend, who works in mission control. The article is
Astronauts safe after debris passes space station Crew evacuated to Soyuz
lifeboat as a precautionBy MARK CARREAU Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle March
12, 2009, 12:03PM

The three American and Russian astronauts aboard the international space
station took shelter in their Soyuz escape capsule briefly today to wait out
the close approach of debris from an old U.S. commercial rocket stage, NASA
said today.

The debris, about 4 inches long, whizzed within three miles of the orbital
outpost at 11:39 a.m., CDT, causing no damage.

However —just in case — Americans Mike Fincke and Sandy Magnus and Russian
Yury Lonchakov climbed aboard their Soyuz lifeboat between 11:35 and 11:45
a.m., said NASA spokesman Kelly Humphries.

“We are all very happy the debris did not impact,” NASA’s Mission Control
told the astronauts.

The U. S. Strategy Command, the branch of the Department of Defense that
tracks the thousands of active and inactive spacecraft and other man-made
debris circling Earth, notified Mission Control of the close approach late

The notice left too little time to maneuver the space station well away from
the PAM-D rocket upper-stage debris, Humphries said.

The astronauts train for an escape aboard the Soyuz in case of a fire,
chemical leak, debris impact or medical emergency.

So far, an evacuation to Earth has not been necessary.

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Andrew Koenig

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