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PHEW!

Cosmic Junk Misses Space Station

Move along! Nothing to see here! A hunk of junk from a Russian satellite flew past the International Space Station on Saturday, missing it by about nine miles, NASA said. That didn’t stop the crew members from taking shelter in their Russian Soyuz lifeboats as a precaution because the ultimately harmless debris came within the zone known as the “pizza box,” requiring safety measures. The debris was left over from the 2009 collision of an Iridium telecommunications satellite and Russia’s Cosmos 2251 military communications satellite.

March 24, 2012 8:25 AM