LOST BUT NOT FOUND

DRUM - - In The Classroom -

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 . . .

A GLOVE

Dropped by as­tro­naut Ed White dur­ing Amer­ica’s first space­walk in 1965.

A SPAT­ULA

While spread­ing goo as part of a heat-shield re­pair job, Bri­tish-born space­walk­ing as­tro­naut Piers Sell­ers accidentally lost the spat­ula he was us­ing.

TOOL BAG

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.

FROZEN URINE

And un­til the late 2000s, most as­tro­nauts’ urine was sim­ply dumped in space. Now it’s re­cy­cled.

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