It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … grease gun?

by lestro

Last week during a space walk, Captain Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper “dropped” a tool bag worth approximately $100,000.

Dropped isn’t really the right word. It barely slipped away from her glove and floated out of reach, but in space, that was enough to put the bag – about the size of a hiker’s backpack – into orbit.

It’s about 1,000 feet in front of the International Space Station and should eventually burn up in the atmosphere. It is currently about 220 miles up and cruising along at about 17,500 mph.

Even better, the bag is now visible from earth.

In fact, where I live, it can be seen along the WSW horizon at around 5 p.m. every night. Sometimes twice a night.

(Click here to find out when it will pass by you…)

The little bastard is apparently bright enough to be seen through binoculars and if this video is for real, 17,500 mph is as quick as it sounds…

I don’t know why I find all of this so funny.

And if all else fails, the military can always shoot that sucker down.

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