Sunday, November 2, 2008

ISS Tosses Out the Garbage

Image from has an interesting news item. Over a year ago, an obsolete ammonia reservoir the size of a refrigerator was tossed out from the ISS. It has been circling the Earth ever since and is due to reenter the Earth's atmosphere soon.

From their email newsletter:
If predictions are correct, the "Early Ammonia Servicer" (EAS for short) will turn into a brilliant fireball as it disintegrates in Earth's atmosphere during the early hours of Monday, Nov. 3rd. Uncertainties in the exact reentry time are so great (plus or minus 15 hours at the time of this alert) that it is impossible to pinpoint where the fireball will appear. At the moment, every continent except Antarctica has some favorable ground tracks.

Go to for updates and check out their Satellite Tracker to see when a flyby might occur in your area (worldwide). Pretty cool!

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