Thursday, 1 December 2016

one planet, slightly used

Although this photograph from the NASA archives from a 1984 space-walk might look as if the Earth were for sale, astronauts Joseph P Allen IV and Dale A Gardener are actually making a comment on the quality of two recovered satellites that failed to deploy properly and fell into lower orbits. This space shuttle Discovery mission was the only time “space junk” was salvaged and brought back to Earth for repairs.