Arabia Weather - Astronauts on board the International Space Station lost their instrument bag, causing it to orbit around planet Earth. The two astronauts, Loral O'Hara and Yasmine Moghbeli from NASA, were unable to control the suitcase during their mission in space to make repairs on the International Station.
Experts said that the bag will continue to orbit around the planet Earth until it burns up when it penetrates the atmosphere, an event that may happen within the next few months, according to the British newspaper “The Guardian.” A number of astronomy experts around the world noticed this bag, which was distinguished by its intense brilliance, until... It can now be seen through a telescope, making it ranked third among the brightest objects in the night sky.
For its part, the control center confirmed that the astronauts on board the international station are fine, and that they do not need the missing bag.
The reserve astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), Megan Christian, observed the moments when the tool bag escaped from the hand of astronaut Yasmine Moghbeli during the astronaut mission. Christian reported that astronaut Satoshi Furukawa of the Crew-7 crew was the last to spot the bag, where it appeared. It is perched high above Mount Fuji.
In a related context, astronomer Jonathan McDowell from the Harvard Center for Astrophysics (CfA) revealed in a tweet on the McDowell added that the bag also received its own designation in the US Space Force's cataloging system for artificial objects in orbit, officially known as 58229/1998–067WC.
The crew lock bag that floated free during the Nov 1 EVA-89 spacewalk has been cataloged as 58229/1998-067WC in a 415 x 416 km orbit
— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) November 5, 2023
The lost tool bag joins a variety of artificial space waste surrounding Earth, which includes things such as pieces of shuttles and crashed satellites, along with tools previously used by astronauts. It is noteworthy that this is not the first time that a tool bag has reached orbit, as historically It goes back to 2008 when NASA astronaut Heidi Stefanyshyn-Piper lost her grip on a tool bag while trying to fix a solar panel on the International Space Station.
These space accidents appear as part of a long record of strange things that spacecraft bring into Earth's orbit, and in this context, the late NASA space adventurer, Pierce Sellers, has the unique honor of fisting a spoon while dispensing adhesive to repair a heat shield during a shuttle flight. Space Discovery STS-121 in 2006. Described as an astronaut's "favorite spot," the spoon is a unique example of unconventional objects ending up in Earth's orbit.
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