NASA’s Recycling Program

A worn-out Russian space suit stuffed with a radio, transmitter, sensors to monitor temperature and battery power, and old clothes to hold it all in place was thrown out of the International Space Station and into orbit around the Earth. Seriously. SuitSat-1 is transmitting a signal to ham radio operators around the world — all 24 of them that refuse to believe this is the 21st century. Next up for the recycling program is to find a use for the empty Tang jars, space-age materials developed by NASA for the space program that didn’t work, and full body waste bags.

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