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#1    jesspy

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 03:12 AM

First spatula in space

A putty knife 'dropped' in space by British astronaut Piers Sellers is being tracked by Nasa.

The 1,100 spatula drifted out of Sellers' tool kit as he did repairs to the Discovery space shuttle.

It is being watched by military radars at 20 sites worldwide as it hurtles at 25 times the speed of sound towards Earth, orbiting the planet every 90 minutes.

Nasa dismissed fears the tool could be a hazard to the shuttle or the international space station saying: "We have no concerns."

Shuttle commander Steve Lindsey filmed the spatula as it floated over Discovery and into space.

Mission controllers teased British-born Sellers by making him count his other five spatulas before he was allowed back aboard the spacecraft.

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 10:18 AM

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it hurtles at 25 times the speed of sound towards Earth


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Posted 15 July 2006 - 04:58 PM

Thats a lot of money for a Spatula! WalMart has a nice selection that's much cheaper.  tongue.gif

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 06:09 PM

why don't they just leave the spatula in the kitchen...? and what do they even need spatula's for!? their food is in packets!

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#5    Dando Kast

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Posted 16 July 2006 - 06:23 PM

Is it a putty knife or a spatula?... I'm confused...


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Posted 16 July 2006 - 07:15 PM

Now they're going to have to send another space shutle up just to catch the damn thing in it's orbit. Either that or we're going to send a satellite up and it's going to get nailed by it and speed back down to earth and no one will know why it did it. Then it's going to crash and they'll just find the spatula lodged in it  thumbsup.gif


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Posted 16 July 2006 - 07:21 PM

Thats one small step for culinary kind...

unless that wasnt a kitchen spatula..and im guessing its not! lol





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