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Space Exploration Not an Exact Science!

Posted by feww on November 3, 2009

Astronauts’ Feces Dumped Over New Zealand

Japan’s HTV-1 Dumped a Large Load of Astronauts’ Sewage and Trash in Tasman Sea

The agency said their space vehicle had maneuvered successfully reentering the atmosphere at about 6:26 am JST on November 2, some 120 km above New Zealand, and completing its  mission of  unmanned cargo transfer vehicle to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

“Most of the vehicle components are expected to be destroyed and burned out encountering the aerodynamic heating during the reentry, but some of the debris is estimated to survive and fall into the South Pacific Ocean.” The agency said.

The HTV was carrying a large load of astronauts feces and trash from ISS to dump over New Zealand/Tasman Sea.

HTV1 Photographed with ISS
HTV-1 is being captured/released by ISS. Copyright JAXA

A Press Release issued by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said their H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) had made a “successful reentry” after its demonstration flight.

The H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Demonstration Flight successfully re-entered the atmosphere after the third de-orbit maneuver at around 5:53 a.m. on November 2, 2009 (Japan Standard Time.)

The HTV Demonstration Flight successfully accomplished its initial objective of shipping cargos to the International Space Station, and [returning sewage and trash back to Earth] completed all its missions of about 52 days by today’s reentry.

The vehicle made a reentry at an altitude at 120 km over New Zealand at 6:26 am JST on Monday, November 2, 2009, and the debris landed in water about 8 to 28 minutes later.

A Day Earlier:

Space station junk burns up on reentry over New Zealand

Well, parts of it any way!

space-station-trash
A large ammonia tank the size of a refrigerator is jettisoned into space by NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson from the international space station during a spacewalk on July 23, 2007. NASA said the tank broke up Sunday upon reentry into the atmosphere.

A 1,400-pound (635-kg) tank of toxic ammonia coolant, the size of a large refrigerator, which was thrown off the international space station (ISS), more than a year ago,  plunged into Earth’s atmosphere late Sunday to burn up [at least partially,]  NASA officials said Monday.

The orbital junk slammed into Earth’s atmosphere, breaking up at an altitude of about 50 miles (80 kilometers) as it flew above the ocean just south of Tasmania, space station program manager Mike Suffredini said.

“What debris may have been still together after re-entry, it fell into the ocean between Australia and New Zealand,” Suffredini said at a NASA briefing. “I know a lot of folks were wondering what the end result of that was.”

[You must be a mind reader, too, Mr Suffredini!]

How Much Trash Out There

Ever wondered how much trash is dumped in the space?

Multi-Billion Dollar Space Debris
Low Earth Orbit

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High Earth Orbit

spacejunk_geo_2009237Orbital debris, or “space junk,” is any man-made object abandoned in orbit around the Earth. On February 11, 2009, a U.S. communications satellite owned by a private company called Iridium collided with a non-functioning Russian satellite. The collision destroyed both satellites and created a field of debris that endangers other orbiting satellites. As of May 2009, satellites in NASA’s Earth Observing System had been maneuvered three times to avoid orbital debris from the Iridium collision. The U.S. Space Surveillance Network tracks all debris larger than 10 centimeters, approximately 19,000 manmade objects as of July 2009, most of which orbit close to the Earth, top image. The lower image shows all items in orbit, both close to and far from the Earth. Images are dated August 25, 2009. NASA illustration courtesy Orbital Debris Program Office. Caption by Holli Riebeek. Edited by FEWW.

See also:  Garbage Dump Space!

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