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Friday, January 27

Weird and wonderful . . .

Thanks to CAS Member Dave Moll for this interesting snippet . . .

Shortly astronauts onboard the International Space Station will open the door and throw an old space suit out into space! They are not just getting rid of rubbish, the suit will be packed with a simple radio transmitter allowing amateurs to 'listen' to the suit as it orbits the Earth.

To quote the NASA web page . .

Using a simple police scanner or ham radio, you can listen to a disembodied
spacesuit circling Earth

Don't believe me? (and frankly I was skeptical). Check out the NASA web page here, which will hopefully anwser the obvious question . . WHY?

NASA - SuitSat

Here's a picture for you skeptics out there.

Image: NASA

Thanks to Dave for tracking this down and letting me know. I'm sure there's lots of other stuff out there. If you find something out there that's interesting, educational, fun or downright wacky let me know and I'll pass it on.

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