Astronauts dropped a bag of tools in space, and you can see it with binoculars
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
There's a bright new object shining in the night sky, and you only need binoculars to see it, but it's not your typical heavenly body.
AILSA CHANG, HOST:
Nope. Earlier this month, NASA astronauts Loral O'Hara and Jasmin Moghbeli were doing repairs at the International Space Station when a tool bag accidentally slipped off into space.
SHAPIRO: This isn't the first time astronauts have lost track of something up there. In 2006, NASA astronaut Piers Sellers was using a spatula to apply heat-resistant slime to the Discovery space shuttle, and he reportedly told his fellow astronauts, that was my favorite spatch (ph). Don't tell the other spatulas.
CHANG: The spatch burned up in Earth's atmosphere about four months later, and this tool bag will likely meet the same fate. But for now, you can see it orbiting Earth using just a pair of binoculars. It's a little ahead of the space station, which you can locate using an online tool from NASA. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
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