Astronauts recover towel left on outside of ISS ten years ago


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During a spacewalk this week Russian astronauts recovered a towel that had been left on the outside of ISS during an earlier spacewalk ten years ago.

The towel was originally meant to clean astronauts’ spacesuits during their work in outer space. It was left by a Russian cosmonaut about a decade ago. Mr Kononenko and Mr Ovchinin removed the towel from the station’s surface and placed it in a special container. It will be sent back to Earth and delivered to a group of experts for further examination.

Though unplanned, this towel will provide some good data on the ability of microorganism to survive in space. It almost certainly had such things within it when it was taken outside a decade ago, and the question now will be whether they survived or not, and their condition in either case.

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3 comments

  • wodun

    No one is going to make a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy joke?

    The article didn’t say how the towel was attached to the station.

  • Alex

    Thanks for all the fish !

    To know how the towel was attached, you must first submit the “Towel Attached How Form”, request the same at four hatches down and to the left, then three more.
    Then get back in this queue.

  • commodude

    The cosmonauts just aren’t hoopy froods.

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