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Now, experts say, China’s test on Jan. 11 of an antisatellite rocket that shattered an old satellite into hundreds of large fragments means the chain reaction will most likely start sooner. If their predictions are right, the cascade could put billions of dollars’ worth of advanced satellites at risk and eventually threaten to limit humanity’s reach for the stars. www.nytimes.com...
Originally posted by Phage
The images are from STS 88 and were all taken within minutes of each other. It is the same piece of debris in all of the images.
The guys were a little sloppy on STS-88
During spacewalks debris, both small and large, are often thrown off the station for convenience, although sometimes tools unintentionally slip away. Such was the case in December 1998 when a slidewire carrier and a worksite interface were lost by the STS-88 crew while conducting an extravehicular activity (EVA) for ISS. These objects were large enough to be tracked by the U.S. SSN and were cataloged (U.S. satellite numbers 25564 and 25565). Three other objects were also released by STS-88 spacewalkers, one inadvertently (an insulation blanket) and two by design (antenna spools), although only the former was officially cataloged (Debris, 1999).
I think this may be the insulation blanket.
Here are the original images.
Was this thing the target that they blew up? Or is it part of it afterwards? Or is this something else, and still a threat?
Originally posted by littled16
reply to post by windword
Did you ever watch that movie "Joe Dirt"? When I consider the possibilities I become absolutely squeamish!
Remains of a space station Port-O-Pottie?
Bored astronaut space toys?
Piece of a defunct satellite?
Originally posted by windword
reply to post by Cosmic911
It's definitely space junk, and it seems that it's been identified as such. But what kind of junk is it. It's possible that it's a small tool packet, or it's possible that it's a large "something weird looking thing". It doesn't look like a satellite, it kinda looks like a DARPA plane, I've seen pictured.
See, there's that word again...definitely,
Just calling it junk doesn't answer the question of what it is or where it came from.