Space station crew takes walk to install new camera November 9, 2005Posted by jtintle in Astronaut, Expedition 12, International Space Station, Space News.
In a 5 ½-hour space walk, ISS crew detached an old environmental probe that hadn’t worked in at least two years, and tossed it into the void about 210 miles above Earth. It should burn up in the atmosphere in 100 days. Debris left in orbit at altitudes under 300 miles typically burns up in the atmosphere within a few years.
In the case of the environmental probe, NASA engineers had feared its fasteners could come loose and damage the orbiting outpost if it wasn’t removed. To protect the space station, the probe was tossed in the opposite direction the station was moving. The probe had been installed in 2000 to collect data and measure the magnetic field around the station.
Source: Science and Space