Three astronauts living on the international space station were forced to "move to a safe place" after NASA announced about Russian space debris passing close by.
The men went to the Soyuz spacecraft, which is part of the orbital station. The Russian orbiting satellite passed at 8:01 in the morning, as reported by the American Space Agency.
"The crew of the international space station will resume its work after the permission of the mission control center," - said NASA in a statement.
"All system stations are working normally, so the crew can return from the Soyuz spacecraft, in which they took shelter during the passage of garbage."
At the moment, there are two Russian astronauts aboard the ISS: Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko, as well as the American astronaut Scott Kelly.
Kelly was notified by NASA of fast-moving debris about an hour and a half to the nearest debris approach.
"The data on the possible close passage of garbage was received too late and were not accurate enough to allow evading maneuver," said NASA spokesman James Hartsfield in his e-mail. "In this case, the crew can be moved to a more secure" Soyuz "station until the space debris completely passes by the object." He also added that no impact on the ISS was carried out, and all systems are working properly. Another NASA spokesperson on the live broadcast said that evacuation to the shelter was not difficult, as the crew had often carried out similar exercises before.
The Space Association noted that this is the fastest moving astronauts in the last 15 years of the station’s history. The Union is a capsule that transports people from the ISS.
Earlier, the Russian agency Interfax suggested that the garbage was fragments of the meteorological satellite Meteor-2, launched in 1979 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.