Space junk

An unidentifed piece of debris narrowly missed the International Space Station on June 28, 2011, in a rare incident that forced the six-member crew to scramble to their rescue craft, a news report said. The piece of space junk missed the fragile orbiter by just 250 metres (820 feet), the Interfax news agency quoted a source in the Russian space industry as saying.

This NASA image taken from the Space Shuttle Discovery on August 6, 2005, shows the International Space Station flying above over the North Caspian Sea and Kazakhstan following the undocking of the two spacecraft.

Photo by AFP

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