LOST BUT NOT FOUND
Ever dropped your cellphone? Well, it seems astronauts are clumsy too. As a result there are several interesting pieces of junk floating around out there . . .
Dropped by astronaut Ed White during America’s first spacewalk in 1965.
While spreading goo as part of a heat-shield repair job, British-born spacewalking astronaut Piers Sellers accidentally lost the spatula he was using.
It was lost by US astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper on a spacewalk outside the ISS. The tool bag was worth R1,5 million.
PRODUCER GENE RODDENBERRY’S ASHES
This obviously wasn’t lost but it’s up there. A portion of the ashes of Gene Roddenberry, creator of the Star Trek series, was scattered in space in 1992 by the space shuttle Columbia.
And until the late 2000s, most astronauts’ urine was simply dumped in space. Now it’s recycled.