ISS Crew evac’d to Soyuz escape capsule

by Eric on March 12, 2009

Update (9:45PDT): NASA controllers have cleared the crew to return to the ISS.


Credit: NASA

According to, mission controllers have ordered the crew of the International Space Station to evacuate to the Soyuz escape capsule to wait out a potential debris strike projected to occur at 9:39 PDT.

The object, designated Object 25090 PAM-D, was originally projected to pass safely by the ISS, but a reassessment of the orbit showed an approach within the “Red Threshold” limit, requiring the safety evacuation. The Soyuz capsule will be sealed, and the crew will remain there until 5 minutes after the closest approach time period.

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