Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Space Junk Falls Harmlessly In South Pacific

Hilary sent this in (thanks Hilary). I'm not to sure what's harmless about ammonia coolant falling into the ocean, but Im guessing they meant it didn't hurt any people directly. Looks like space is getting too full of stuff too!


November 3, 2008

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—A refrigerator-sized piece of space junk fell harmlessly into the South Pacific Sunday night, according to NASA.

The junk was a tank full of ammonia coolant on the international space station that was no longer needed. Astronaut Clayton Anderson threw it overboard during a spacewalk in July 2007.

Space station program manager Mike Suffredini said Monday that the debris splashed down somewhere between Australia and New Zealand Sunday night. The tank had served as a reserve supply of spare coolant at the space station since 2001.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

at a minimum someone should give Mr. Clayton Anderson a ticket for littering!