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The six-member crew of the International Space Station wereforced to evacuate to two Russian Soyuz rescue space vehicles after spotting incoming debris that threatened to flatten the fragile craft
he space junk missed the craft by 820ft, a Russian space industry source tolkd the Interfax news agency
"The space junk was detected too late for a ducking manoeuvre," the source told Interfax.
"The six ISS crew members received instructions to transfer to the Soyuz vehicles," the Russian source said.
An official at Russian space control outside Moscow said by telephone that such incidents
"This is not an emergency operation. They have standing instructions to that effect," the spokeswoman said.