Space debris distorts a photo of astronaut on the ISS

Staying on the International Space Station (ISS) can give astronauts both positive and negative impressions. However, jokes are also necessary. 

JAXA astronaut Satoshi Furukawa photographed a tool bag during an attempt to capture Mount Fuji in Japan from aboard the International Space Station. Photo: NASA/JSC

The international crew of Crew-7, who returned to Earth on the SpaceX Crew Dragon, held a press conference in which they spoke about their experience of staying in low-Earth orbit for six months. In a kaleidoscope of incredible impressions, they remembered one funny moment. Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furakawa was surprised by a photographic mistake made while on the ISS.

“We were in Node 1, I think, having lunch or dinner, and Satoshi had been out in the Cupola taking pictures. He comes in and he’s like, ‘Well, you know, I’m very, very, very sorry. But you know, I I took this picture.’ And we were all thinking, ‘What’s going on? He had managed to take a picture of the tool bag as it was transiting Mount Fuji. He had been trying to take a picture of Mount Fuji and ended up with a picture of the tool bag,” said mission commander, European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen.

This is not the first time astronauts have lost tool bags. It is obvious that it fell out during a spacewalk, which was performed by NASA employees Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara. As reported by EarthSky, now this space debris is orbiting the Earth. By the way, the bag turned out to be bright enough to be seen from the Earth. Even more interestingly, the tool bag was assigned the orbital number 58229 /1998-067WC, and it is still being tracked when it is in our observation area. 

However, Mogensen explained that the loss of the tool bag was a mistake that anyone aboard the ISS could make.

We understand that a photo of Mount Fuji from space would give a truly unsurpassed experience. However, a photograph of a mistakenly lost orbital tool bag is more symbolic because it is human nature to make mistakes; even professionals of the highest level are not immune from a miss.

Earlier, we reported on how Ukrainians were told about the danger of space debris.

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