Astronauts take refuge on the International Space Station after a debris threat

The astronauts and cosmonaut s are ready to leave the station if it happened an emergency.

The seven astronauts on the International Space Station are “in threat” after a debris cloud appears in orbit.

According to the US State Department, the fragments were produced by a Russian anti-satellite missile test.

The crew had to take shelter this morning after the missing Kosmos-1408 satellite broke, which was hit as part of a Russian anti-satellite weapons test, said Ned Price, a spokesman for the US State Department.

Everything in order, for the moment

The astronauts of NASA Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron and astronaut of ESA Matthias Maurer refuge within the capsule  Crew Dragon docked to the station, while the cosmonauts Russian Anton Shkaplerov, Pyotr Dubrov and astronaut of NASA Mark Vande Hei are inside a Roscosmos Soyuz capsule , according to the Soviet media TASS.

The astronauts could use these spacecraft to return safely to Earth if the station being damaged by debris.

In a tweet, the Russian space agency said the crew is “routinely conducting operations in accordance with the flight schedule” and that the threatening “object” has “drifted out of orbit.” The managers diminished the concern saying that it is something “normal”. 

The United States is tracking around 1,500 pieces of debris, but that probably produced many thousands of smaller, untraceable fragments as well.