Why were astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently ordered by NASA to take cover in their escape capsule?

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by / April 6, 2011

Answer: A piece of "space junk" was passing near the station. According to the AP, "The debris — estimated to be about 6 inches square — is from a Chinese satellite that was deliberately destroyed in 2007 as part of a weapons test. It was projected to pass within three miles of the space station, warranting a red threat level, NASA's highest." 

Chad Vander Veen

Chad Vander Veen previously served as the editor of FutureStructure, and the associate editor of Government Technology and Public CIO magazines.

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