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Space station dumps its garbage off NZ coast


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The international crew on International Space Station is looking forward to their next shipment of fresh vegetables and fruit and parcels from their families at the weekend.

To make room for the goodies –plus about 2.5 tonnes of other food water, fuel and equipment – they have dropped off the garbage, literally.

ISS mission Pavel Vinogradov and his American companion Jeffrey Williams packed up all their trash in the previous supply craft, Progress M-55, and dumped it. . . on New Zealand's doorstep.

The cargo spaceship – loaded with a tonne of garbage from the ISS – was undocked from the Pirs module and "de-orbited" with the debris that did not burn in the atmosphere plunging into the sea 3900km southeast of New Zealand, Itar-Tass reported.

That cargo ship was sent up to the station six months ago.

Another cargo ship Progress M-56 and the Soyuz TMA-8 spaceship remain docked to the ISS, with room for the fully-laden M-57 to dock at the weekend.



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3900km is not exactly off the coast but still...

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Hopefully that stuff burns fast otherwise you better stay indoors, Kiwi. :lol:

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