Friday, August 05, 2005



By Elaine Meinel Supkis

It has been a long time. No one took out the trash. For two and a half years of garbage. This is like cleaning out a teenager's room. All the scummy dishes and glasses and socks and underwear from last year's camping trip and various dead small pets. Whew.

From News 24
Pam Easton

Space Centre - Discovery's astronauts lowered a huge container filled with a two-and-a-half-year backlog of space station trash and old broken equipment into the shuttle on Friday for return to Earth next week.

The contents of the cargo container, which was slowly anchored into the shuttle's payload bay by a robot arm, will either be junked once it's back on Earth or returned to engineers for analysis.

The amount of trash being removed was larger than usual because of the long gap between shuttle flights following the Columbia disaster.

Friday's activity came a day after Nasa gave the all-clear for Discovery to return to Earth, concluding that there was no need to send the astronauts out on another spacewalk to repair a torn thermal blanket near a cockpit window.
You know, they will be using...the trash compactor. After this long wait, one wonders if there are any one eyed creatures lurking...something brushed my leg!

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