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Tool bag dropped in space to fall back to Earth

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 12:45

Moscow: Remains of a tool bag dropped
by a NASA astronaut during a space walk last year are expected
to reach the Earth surface on Tuesday.

Initially, the tool bag was expected to reach the Earth
on July 25, but then scientists recalculated the date of a

However, specialists still cannot say where exactly this
can happen.

"Tools for work in outer space are made of special
high-alloy steel, that is why it is quite probable that some
fragments will not burn in Earth atmosphere, but will reach
the Earth surface," a space industry expert told Tass earlier.

However, according to statistics, the overwhelming
majority of debris and space garbage burn as they enter the
atmosphere of our planet, the specialist said.

So, it is expected that the entire tool bag will burn up
upon re-entry.

Endeavour astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper lost her grip
on the tool bag during a space walk on November 18, 2008. NASA
reported then that the backpack-sized bag was one of the
biggest objects ever lost by astronauts working in outer

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 12:45

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