Astronaut Tosses Large Chunks Of Junk Into Space

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Space junk is floating overhead.

An astronaut took out the trash at the international space station and has hurled some old equipment into orbit.

Clayton Anderson, who when not space walking enjoys officiating basketball games back on earth, heaved a 1,400 pound, refrigerator-size ammonia tank into space.

He has also chucked a less cumbersome camera mount away from the station.

NASA expects the massive tank to float around for a while before being sucked into the earth's atmosphere and burning up.
Small chunks of the tank will probably survive its fall next year through the atmosphere. NASA officials hope those pieces will hit the ocean.


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  • by Rick Location: Co Springs on Jul 23, 2007 at 07:21 PM
    Space Command is one BIG joke!
  • by Bill Location: colorado springs, CO on Jul 23, 2007 at 07:00 PM
    Something very wrong here. Don't agree with it bit. Where's al bore when u need him?
  • by Christine Location: colorado springs on Jul 23, 2007 at 05:28 PM
    I just cant believe it! If I were to pitch my refridgerator size machine out to the "unowned" public land I would face a hefty fine and then I would get nailed by OSHA for the residue ammonia.Hazardous materials . I would probably be facing jailtime for defacing public property, and environmental destrustion. Only the government can get away with stuff. My tax dollars at work funding space litterbugs.Good grief now what?
  • by Troy Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 23, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    That sounds something like NASA would do. I like the part where "officials hope those pieces will hit the ocean." If not I can hear them say "oops my bad." and then come up with some big excuse of why they didn't.
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