Outer space is not only thousands of universes, but also a kind of layer of the most unexpected things.
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Among all that came into space thanks to humans are the ashes of celebrities, X-rays, photographs, many tools and personal belongings of astronauts, as well as other objects that are not the most typical of this space. Something was sent there on purpose, something was simply lost. Sometimes astronauts observe strange things “swimming” nearby. They joke about such findings: “If this thing has not been requested within a year, it is yours. The main thing is that you can get it from space! ”.
Things that are lost in space, used ship parts, obsolete satellites and similar objects on Earth are called space debris and they closely monitor that there is no serious threat to Earthlings and astronauts. According to researchers, at an altitude of up to 2 thousand km from our planet there are from 5 thousand tons of garbage. The smallest particles fall to the ground or burn up as they penetrate the atmosphere. On average, such a particle falls to the ground every day. Objects larger than 10 cm are usually left in outer space. Scientists are afraid that because of them, in 15-30 years, near space will be completely clogged and unsuitable for flight.
Not live on light without losses
When you dig through the so-called space debris, you can find some pretty interesting things. For example, somewhere in a remote space, a spatula can fly. Astronaut Pier Seller accidentally lost the tool he used to repair the ship. The loss occurred during the flight to the ISS of the space shuttle Discovery in 2006. While the astronaut suni Williams struggled with a fixed solar panel at a space station in June 2007, her camera came loose silently and floated away into space. The event may have been caused by the button holding the camera simply breaking.
It is possible that both the spatula and the camera do not plow the expanses of the universe, as many like to think, but were burned out safely – like the glove of an American astronaut eda White. He dropped it in 1965 while working in open space on the manned spacecraft Gemini 4. The glove could be observed in orbit for about a month before burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere.
For many years, most of the urine produced by astronauts was simply dumped overboard. Once it entered the cold vacuum of space, it quickly froze and turned into small crystals, which then floated around the ship like debris. Some astronauts have described sending urine into space as one of the most beautiful moments in orbit. But recently, a new waste management system was introduced at the International Space Station. Now obviously living on the ISS must admire other phenomena.
Sent and delivered
Among the objects that are deliberately sent into space, there are also a lot of unusual ones. For example, on the first Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977 from Cape Canaveral, whose tasks included reconnaissance of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus, a gilded plate flew to these planets, recording sounds and images that could tell alien creatures about life on the planet. Earth. There were mainly 116 images, including a diagram with the earth’s location in the Milky Way, a diagram of the DNA molecule, images of flora and fauna, etc. Three quarters of the record was occupied by music.
In 1992, a capsule containing the ashes of the creator of the Star Trek series was launched into space. Gina Roddenberry. And in 2012, the ashes from the actor went there aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. James Dukhanwho played in the series Scotty.
In 2011, the Juno probe flew to Jupiter with Lego figures in the shape of Galileo Galilee and Roman gods Jupiter and Juno. Scott Turn on, the mission’s head of science, appointed the 3.8 cm figurines as VIP passengers. They reached Jupiter in 2016 and will remain in orbit throughout 2017 as the probe explores the planet.