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An Astronaut On The International Space Station Just Looked Out The Window And Saw This

No one wants to see anything “Strange” or “Not Normal” things while orbiting the Earth in a pressure closed environment similar to the International Space Station (ISS), the image above certainly tops the page. This quarter-inch almost 7-mm in diameter seen in one of the windows of the Cupola (small place where astronauts normally take all their spectacular pictures) was captured by British astronaut Tim Peake this week against a dark backdrop of space.

Tim Peake in an ESA (European Space Agency) release said, "I’m repeatedly asked if the International Space Station (ISS) is hit by space wreckage. Yes - this is the chip in one of our Cupola windows, happy (very much) it is quadrupled blank!"

Image: NASA/ESA





The good news is that this specific chip isn't a big problem, and it's not that rare. It was most expectedly produced by the effect of a minor piece of space debris, as ESA (European Space Agency) writes: "perhaps a paint chip or small metal piece, it is not much bigger than a few thousandths of a millimeter across."

Though this piece of space debris was not big, but with the ISS (International Space Station) repeatedly falling towards Earth at a mind-bending speed of 7.66 km/s, even the tiny fragments of paint can have a great impact.

The worthy thing is that the ISS is expected to handle these kinds of small problems and nicks. All the windows on ISS (International Space Station) are finished from fused-silica and borosilicate-glass, and wide-ranging protecting shield around all the astronauts and technical zones.

According to ESA (European Space Agency), a piece up to 1 centi-meter in size can damage an instrument or a serious flight system on any satellite. Whatever thing bigger than 1 centi-meter could break the shields of the Station’s team units, and anything bigger than 10 cm could effortlessly break a satellite or spaceship into pieces.


To counter this danger, NASA and the ESA (European Space Agency) are persistently improving their debris-modification tactics. Part of that contains detecting space rubbish above 1 cm in size so that they can determine the danger of impact and through the ISS out of harm's way if compulsory.

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