NASA performed an amazing feat of technology yesterday as Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria broke the US record for cumulative time “walking in space”. The heroic multimillion dollar mission designed to put NASA on the front page and take it off the front page in one fell swoop? Disposing of some used blankets. I wonder if they get rid of their diapers the same way?
Lopez-Alegria and Williams finished a primary mission of the their spacewalk: tossing quilt-sized thermal sheets from the international space station.
The two large thermal covers were folded up with smaller shrouds that had been covering an electronics box and were used to prevent parts of the space station from getting too hot or cold. Engineers believe they will burn up upon entering Earth’s atmosphere.
“I don’t think I could do it any better than that,” Lopez-Alegria said to Williams as the first package floated away.