In the ISS, and has done a micrometeorite hit a hole




In the ISS, and has done a micrometeorite hit a hole


Space – is not only very interesting , but also extremely dangerous place. And not just because there is no oxygen and no gravity. The biggest threat, at least in low-Earth orbit are micrometeorites and other debris from the remains of the previous launches of spacecraft that orbits the planet at a very high speed.

At a speed of several kilometers per second, even a small object gets so much energy that can easily break, for example, the International Space Station. And due to the fact that in this space full of debris such situations are, unfortunately, still can not avoid.

For example, yesterday astronaut and a captain (for the moment) the ISS, Canadian Chris Hedfild said through his twitter that the station hit just one of these micro-meteorites. Fortunately, it was only through the ISS solar panels and other equipment are not damaged. But even a tiny body could be left in a fairly robust solar panel with a hole the size of a bullet hole. Chris was afraid to even imagine what it would be if the same micrometeorite hit the body itself the space station. No, it would not be shattered to pieces, as in the sci-fi thriller, but the hit would be much more of a problem for astronauts than just a scratch.

The good news is that the housing ISS is made from several layers of skin, which is designed to slow down the micrometeorites or other debris, so they would not have done great harm. Nice to be aware of it, especially knowing that the path of the ISS pass just across large areas where it is very common and micrometeorites and space debris.
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