On the first day of November, two women astronauts her NASA who ‘flew’ for it International Space Station (400 km above Earth) began to repair a problem that had occurred in a solar panel.
As she tried to catch one bag with tools from the platform, where they were all placed, the one in front fell.
Given the contents and weight of the tools, some might think that if it lands in a residential area, it could cause injuries or even deaths.
The bag will never reach Earth.
By the way, the bag and its contents are worth $100,000.
It will orbit our planet for months, continue to descend at a speed of 113 km, and when it enters the atmosphere it will disintegrate.
This is expected to happen around next March, according to the EarthSky.
Until then it will pass over various areas and in many cases, it will be noticed by those who have binoculars and a telescope and know how to look for it.
If you want to see how this journey will unfold, you just have to visit N2YOblog that monitors via satellite more than 28,000 space objectswhich have been classified as space junk.
Many are man-made: they come from spacecraft, satellites and other objects sent into space from Earth.
Most that are not are visible from Earth, moving very fast in low Earth orbit (Low Earth Orbit -LEO).
LEO is Earth-centered orbit, close to the planet. The altitude is no higher than 1/3 of the Earth’s radius (2,000 km).
Within LEO are all manned space stations.
Objects in orbits that pass through this zone are tracked as they pose a collision risk to countless satellites.
NASA has characterized LEO as being a “orbital junk yard” and “largest garbage dump in the world“, as there are millions of space junks in orbit.
BAG MOVES VERY FAST
The bag got its own ID number in the space junk base.
He is the 58229/1998-067WC.
There is a special page that lists the most likely routes for each day until the end of the month, depending of course on the weather.
One of the possible routes of the bag
As the relevant authorities wrote, on the morning of Wednesday 11/15, it was over Japan and the Pacific Ocean “but it is moving very fast”.
Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa accidentally photographed it while passing through his hometown while trying to capture Mount Fuji from the International Space Station.
From Japan, the object passed over China and through Asia arrived on Tuesday 21/11 in Europe.
The Virtual Telescope Project he immortalized it in Rome, on 11/15.
If you look at the N2YO charts, you will see that earlier it had passed over us – over Greece.
The British advised residents that depending on the weather, those living in the south of the country have the greatest chance of seeing the bag between 6:24 p.m. and 6.34 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday 11/21.
They added that the best time to look for her is between 17:30 and 17:41 on Friday 11/24.