posted on Nov, 21 2006 @ 12:41 PM
NASA has decided to relax the rules for releasing unwanted "stuff" in space from the International Space Station. They say they new space "debri"
should pose no threat to to the International Space Station (ISS) or any other space vehicle.
The International Space Station may soon have its first policy allowing crew members to intentionally pitch unneeded gear overboard. This may
temporarily increase the amount of space junk orbiting Earth, but scientists say it will pose no extra danger to the crew or other spacecraft.
Tools and other gear have accidentally floated away during spacewalks. But NASA has shied away from intentionally jettisoning gear off the ISS in the
past because of the threat of space junk hitting the station or other spacecraft.
Even tiny flecks of paint have cracked the windows of the space shuttle orbiter because they zoom around Earth at thousands of kilometres per hour.
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They are claiming this new "junk" in space will not damage any other space vehicle, then further in the article they explain how a tiny fleck of
paint has cracked the windows of the shuttle.
This just doesn't sound like it is as safe as they claim, and besides that, now we are going to start littering space on purpose?
This just doesn't seem like the right thing to do to me, NASA can track things in space as small as a grapefruit, so maybe they will only toss things
out of the ISS that are bigger than a grapefruit so they can track it and avoid collisions with the "garbage". But what happens if that grapefruit
size debri hits something a little
smaller than it, now you may have a whole lot of smaller garbage/debri that NASA can't track floating
around up there that may damage satellites and other space craft up there.
Just not a good idea in my opinion.
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[edit on 21-11-2006 by UM_Gazz]