Astronauts are asked to take shelter in the context of space debris that is expected to pass by the International Space Station (ISS).According to RT news agency, Russian cosmonauts have been asked to move onto the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft if the ISS is in danger of encountering a dangerous object.
The debris is believed to be parts of a satellite.
“Russian cosmonauts – Anton Shkaplerov, Pyotr Dubrov, and US astronaut – Mark Thomas Vande have moved on board the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft,” according to the latest information. “The crew was on board, the hatches were closed. We are ready,” said an expert at the Mission Control Center near Moscow.
Earlier, on November 9, the ISS space station had to move to avoid colliding with a piece of a Chinese weather satellite that was destroyed in a 2007 test.
At that time, the crew had 2 days to prepare for the incident. But this time, they didn’t have enough time. In that case, the crew was instructed to retreat to the spacecraft to evacuate if necessary.