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November 12, 2023

Spacewalkers Lose Another Bag o’ Tools Outside the ISS

EVA Creates New Chunk of Space Debris

The ISS crew’s latest spacewalk was marred with some embarrassment after one of the team’s untethered tool bags separated from the crew and lost into a decaying orbit below. The spacewalk was hoped to be a nice public relations opportunity, making use of an all-female crew for the November 1st EVA-89 repair mission. While astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara were exiting the ISS to begin their work, the bag of tools slipped out into the cold reaches of space.

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Ingenuity Makes a Twofer

65th and 66th Martian Flights Made Back-to-Back

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter made a pair of flights in preparation for a coming span where it will remain out of comms with home base. Flight number 65 on November 2nd saw the little helo take a 48-second jaunt for 23 feet, followed the next day by a 23 second flight of 2 feet. The flights, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, prepared the Mars Helicopter for the upcoming Mars Solar conjunction, when mission teams will put a moratorium on all remote commands for a 2-week period.”

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