When Astronauts Drop Their Tools

One of the unforeseen hazards of the space age — what happens when an astronaut drops a tool?

In this case it was letting go of an entire tool bag. To quote the story from the Earth Sky News (https://earthsky.org/human-world/orbital-oopsy-a-tool-bag-is-now-orbiting-earth/?) —

“A tool bag is orbiting Earth, and night sky observers might catch a glimpse of it. NASA astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara were conducting a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) on November 2, 2023, when Moghbeli somehow let a tool bag slip away. The tool bag is now orbiting Earth just ahead of the International Space Station. It’s surprisingly bright (for a tool bag), shining just below the limit of visibility to the unaided eye at around magnitude +6. That means some sky observers should be able to pick it up with binoculars.

If you get an image, please submit it to EarthSky Community Photos!”

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