Monday, July 23, 2007
Litterbugs in Space
NASA Spacewalker Clayton Anderson, had the chore of heaving a 1,400-pound, refrigerator-size ammonia tank overboard. He also was to toss out some other outdated pieces of equipment during the morning excursion, with help from Russian crewmate Fyodor Yurchikhin.

They are also going to toss out 200 pounds of camera-mounting equipment and an attachment mechanism. Flight controllers expect the ammonia tank to orbit for 10-11 months before re-entering the atmosphere and they say there "should", I repeat - "should" be no danger of a collision between the trash and the space station before that happens.

Well, heck. What about the satellite that carries my cell phone service or if this space litter takes out my satellite TV? This is so NOT cool, but it gets even worse:

"While small chunks are expected to survive next year's fall and make it Earth, officials hope those chunks will hit the ocean."

They hope? Maybe we should ask Mr. Hastings from Bayonne, NJ who just a few weeks ago on July 18, was enjoying some television when a chunk of metal crashed through the roof of his house. Officials called upon the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA in an attempt to identify the chunk.

NASA's response, "It doesn't look very space-y. It's obviously made for something . But we wouldn't know what to do with it."

Well, I'll say one thing, no chunks better crash through my mobile home come next spring. =O(
Stumble It! .......posted by Margaret @ 5:27 PM  
  • At 11:47 AM, Blogger Jill said…

    Well, there goes the neighborhood.

  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger Woozie said…

    ^ Why? I don't see any black people.

    $5 says someone'll be killed.

  • At 5:44 AM, Blogger Carlos said…

    And to think I can get a $500 fine for littering in Texas.

  • At 7:40 AM, Blogger Flyinfox_SATX said…

    I just don't understand why we don't try to aim it at the biggest incinerator I know...


  • At 6:26 PM, Blogger Dr.John said…

    People who lived in Republic, Michigan next to the open pit mine often had things come through their ceiling but the mine said it wasn't from their blasting. They should have blamed NASA.
    Perhaps, we need to start a recycling program for space.

  • At 9:25 PM, Blogger Orhan Kahn said…

    A few years back the MIR space station fell back to Earth and over our Island Home of Oz. It just missed the country and fell into the ocean. The president of Russia called our PM and said sorry. Wonder what their response would be if we started throwing space stations over their heads.

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