Space Junk Threat Worries Space Station

WASHINGTON — The crew of the international space station survived a close call with space junk Thursday.

The three crew members took refuge for 11 minutes in the Soyuz escape capsule and then were told to go back into the space station. Officials were worried about a possible collision with a piece of space junk.

The debris was was about one-third of an inch in width, said NASA spokesman Josh Byerly.