Astronauts accidentally drop toolbox during spacewalk – and you could see it from Earth | World news


NASA astronauts accidentally dropped their toolbox during a walk around the International Space Station — and the floating kit could be visible from Earth.

Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara spent six hours and 42 minutes outside the ISS performing maintenance work.

But a bag the size of the bag floated away and is now orbiting Earth, several minutes ahead of the space station.

It was even caught on camera by the couple’s Japanese colleague Satoshi Furukawa, who accidentally photographed the bag while taking a photo of Mount Fuji.

NASA said the tools were not needed for the rest of the spacewalk.

Mission Control analyzed the bag’s trajectory and determined that the risk of recontacting the station was low and that the crew on board and the space station were safe.

The bag has been classified as space junk and is expected to re-enter Earth’s orbit in the coming months, but will likely burn up while doing so.

Image: NASA
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Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara pictured on the spacewalk. Image: NASA

EarthSky said some people should be able to see it floating around with just binoculars.

“It’s surprisingly bright (for a tool bag) and shines just below the limit of visibility to the naked eye,” the website states.

There are believed to be around 100,000 objects of orbital debris currently orbiting the earth.

This is not the first time an astronaut has lost a toolbox – in November 2008 Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper was performing a similar repair when the same thing happened.

In 2006, spacewalker Piers Sellers sheepishly reported that he lost a spatula.

And in 1965, the first American spacewalker, Ed White, lost an extra glove when he went outside for the first time.


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