Lost in space: debris shield bag floats away from astronauts during ISS spacewalk

US astronauts were midway through their assignment to organize a docking port for coming commercial space cabs when they dropped a bag of gear

A 1.5m (5ft) particles defend being installed on the International Space Station has floated away during a spacewalk by two experienced US astronauts.

Peggy Whitson, who became the worlds most seasoned spacewalker that was female through the trip, informed ground control groups a bag containing the particles protect floated away at about 10am EDT/1400 GMT on Thursday.

At that time, Whitson, 5-7, and station commander Shane Kimbrough, 49, were around midway via a prepared 6.5-hour spacewalk to make a a docking port for coming commercial space cabs and to undertake other care jobs.

It was the eighth spacewalk for Whitson, who surpassed the 50-hour, 40-moment report complete accumulative spacewalk time with a female astronaut formerly held by Nasa astronaut Sunita Williams.

As it sailed to the space cams on the station monitored the debris shield tote. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said engineers discovered it presented no security risk to the astronauts or to the facility, a $100bn study laboratory that flies about 250 miles (402 kilometers) above Earth.

No other details were available about the way in which the shield, which weighs 8 kg, was dropped.

Teams are dedicated to finishing the (spacewalk) and can review the activities as they unfolded after it’s finished, Nasa spokesman Dan Huot wrote in a e-mail.

Whitson and Kimbrough were operating on a docking port that can eventually be utilized by space cabs being manufactured by Boeing and independently owned Space Exploration Technologies.

The pair fitted a short-term cover on the port where the defend that was dropped could have gone and installed three particles shields in their spacewalk.

The cover can help protect the station from impacts and offer thermal shielding, Nasa said, while perhaps not a best match.

Little things are sometimes lost by spacewalkers like screws and nuts, but seldom do away big things slip. The final such event was in 2008 while fighting with a stuffed solar panel when an astronaut lost hold of her instrument bag.

The particles shield that is dropped will ultimately be pulled straight back back to Earths atmosphere and burn off. Until then, it joins over 21 21,000 other parts of orbiting junk and are that detritus large enough to be monitored by radar and cams on Earth.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/31/lost-in-space-debris-shield-bag-floats-away-from-astronauts-during-iss-spacewalk