You might be reading this on the back of watching Climate Change – The Facts, rubbing your face in despair and screaming, “We’ve done what now?!” – but come on, get over it. It’s not news that we’re a messy little lot, so let’s have a rummage through some of the bits and pieces we’ve had nyooming around up there.
In at three is a spatula fumbled by astronaut Piers Sellers while repairing a heat shield in 2006. “That was my favourite spatch,” he later quipped. “Don’t tell the other spatulas.” It’s not funny, mate.
In the same year, a camera came loose from Suni Williams while she dicked about with a solar array. “Uh, Suni, your camera is behind you. I hope it’s tethered because it looks like it’s passing underneath the arm and reflector,” reported Mission Control. “It’s not … the bracket came undone,” replied Williams, crushing the pass-agg mansplainer down in Houston.
Capping a shameful era for the glorified fly-tipper, NASA was back at it again the year after, punting a tank of ammonia the size of a fridge out the back of a space station. The big lad eventually returned to Earth in 2008, burning up into debris and pelting the ocean between Australia and New Zealand. What are we like, eh?