Space Station Crew Climb Into Escape Module To Avoid Passing Space Debris

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Members of the ISS crew climbed aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 capsule for about 10 minutes today as a precaution against space debris passing nearby. The threat was called off around 12:45 EDT.

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In addition to the 19,000+ pieces of space junk floating around, the recent collision of two satellites has substantially increased the dangers of working in orbit. Close calls like this one may become the norm. [NASA Thanks Ryan]

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So they climbed into a Russian space capsule to protect themselves from space debris? Did they fly away to some place safe or does the Soyuz TMA-13 have some kind of Soviet era armor?