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SuitSat-1: A Spacesuit Floats Free

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:54 am via: NASA
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A spacesuit floated away from the International Space Station eight years ago, but no investigation was conducted. Everyone knew that it pushed by the space station crew. Dubbed Suitsat-1, the unneeded Russian Orlan spacesuit filled mostly with old clothes was fitted with a faint radio transmitter and released to orbit the Earth.

The suit circled the Earth twice before its radio signal became unexpectedly weak. Suitsat-1 continued to orbit every 90 minutes until it burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere after a few weeks. Pictured above, the lifeless spacesuit was photographed in 2006 just as it drifted away from space station.

Image Credit: ISS Expedition 12 Crew, NASA

Image Credit: ISS Expedition 12 Crew, NASA

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