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Mysterious Object Floats Away From ISS

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 06:20:59 -0800
Fwd Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 16:08:07 -0500
Subject: Mysterious Object Floats Away From ISS

Source: WFTV 9


February 9, 2004

Mysterious Object Floats Away From International Space Station

Kennedy Space Center, Fla. -- In orbit, you don't want to hear
someone say, "What was that?!"

But, something has floated away from the International Space
Station. Now, NASA and the Russian Space Agency are trying to
figure out what it was.

They don't know what it is, but astronaut Michael Foale saw it
float away, and now Mission Control is trying to determine if it
came from the space station itself or a Russian capsule that just
docked with the station.

Commander Foale and cosmonaut Sasha Valerie spoke to educators
this morning, answering questions about their last mystery, a
recent loss of air pressure.

"The pressure changes were very similar to changes you
experience as weather, so it was not a big shift in pressure,"
said Foale.

They made no mention of the object floating away from the
station. Foale reported seeing a six to eight inch piece of
debris rotating slowly away from them, passing over the Russian
solar array panels.

The item was noticed just after a Russian progress capsule
docked with the station and test fired its thrusters. The first
impression from Mission Control is that it could have been
anything from some propellant, to a Velcro strap.

The science experiments continued aboard the station while
Russian Mission Control examined photographs to try and
determine what it was.

A NASA spokesperson in Houston says it doesn't appear the object
was vital to the space station, and based on the way it floated
away they do not believe it will come back into contact with the
space station either.

Meanwhile, back on the ground, the next American astronaut
preparing to live aboard the space station has fallen ill,
leaving NASA and the Russians to pick an entirely new team to
make the next trip.

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