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STEVE SMITH
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posted 08-09-2005 07:59 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will any of the 2 years plus trash from ISS returned by STS-114 become available to collectors as "Flown" material?

If not it should.

LT Scott Schneeweis
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posted 08-09-2005 09:30 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the term "TRASH" is used generically..it likely depends on what the material is..some may actually be reusable items (for instance tools which require recalibration, equipment carriers, malfunctioning hardware)...some may wind up subseqently being offered through the NASA Property Disposal process (GOVT Auctions)...

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-10-2005 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From today's Florida Today article "KSC crew finds taking out space garbage really stinks":
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Surprisingly, the module holds only one bag of trash, labeled spacewalk garbage.

Trash bags are X-rayed to be sure there are no batteries or other items that need special disposal, and the ordinary waste ends up in the landfill.


More details, including specifically what happens to the non-junk "garbage" can be read by clicking here.

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posted 08-10-2005 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron@aol.com   Click Here to Email albatron@aol.com     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting the way it's disposed of but a couple of thoughts here:

(1) Yury Usachev brought me a piece of the thermal blanket that covered the outside of one of the areas of the ISS. It had covered it during the entire Expedition 1 and 2 missions. He wrote a lengthy "certification" on the metal portion (in Russian of course...<G> ).

(2) Remember, the more stuff thats exposed to the market reduces the value. Used to be, during the Apollo missions the stuff flown was moderately rare. Lunar flown stuff is still obtainable, but not THAT easily (depending on the price you wish to pay). However, LEO stuff is very plentiful - and the more there is..............

But that doesn't take away the fun aspect of it. Nor am I suggesting such, just food for thought.

Al

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posted 08-10-2005 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most " ISS trash " burns away inside the unmanned PROGRESS vehicles ... These are send on regular schedule to ISS, the expedition crew take out the cargo and stuff it again with " ISS trash " ... Afterwards the PROGRESS burn upon re-entry in Earth's atmosphere.

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posted 08-12-2005 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Trash bags are X-rayed to be sure there are no batteries or other items that need special disposal, and the ordinary waste ends up in the landfill.

Who wants to go scrounging in some Florida landfills this weekend?

C'mon...it will be fun! Just be sure to wear rubber boots.

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posted 08-12-2005 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron@aol.com   Click Here to Email albatron@aol.com     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by collshubby:
[QUOTE]Trash bags are X-rayed to be sure there are no batteries or other items that need special disposal, and the ordinary waste ends up in the landfill.

Who wants to go scrounging in some Florida landfills this weekend?

C'mon...it will be fun! Just be sure to wear rubber boots.

[/QUOTE]

Just be thankful its not a NEW JERSEY landfill - you never know WHO you'll run into THERE!

Al

STEVE SMITH
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posted 08-12-2005 12:49 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd still like to pursue this topic.

By "trash", I don't mean literal garbage, I'm referring to the backlog of items that had accumulated during the 2.5 years, and that Progress wasn't able to burn up on re-entry.

I realize much of this will be recycled or studied.

But I guess I thought there was a bigger backlog and more potential surplus.

How does one get a chance to get this surplus?

Has NASA considered dealing with it as "Collectible"? This would maybe encourage more interest in the space program, and maybe raise a little change that is not otherwise being tapped. Heck, I'll be happy to take it with my other "stuff" (Hope Kathy isn't reading this) and find it good homes.

[This message has been edited by STEVE SMITH (edited August 12, 2005).]

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