johnnydeep wrote: ↑Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:18 pm
E Fish wrote: ↑Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:10 pm
This is weirdly entertaining. I have so many questions now. Are spacesuits so ubiquitous that they can just jettison one for fun? Or did they intentionally bring along an extra spacesuit? Did they get in trouble for doing it? Did they sneak some vodka onto the ISS and were just drunk? And finally... just how smelly were those clothes?
The suit had reached it's end of useful life (probably along with some worn out clothes - or can clothes really not be effectively or economically washed in space, with or without water?) - and was repurposed to end life doing something of some scientific value.
Actually, I think I disagree with your take. It would be very valuable for the Russians to get a used space suit back and examine it under a microscope (literally and figuratively), do materials tests, etc., since they know exactly
what it was exposed to, when, how used, maintained, etc. In fact, IF they regularly returned such things, it’s the one set of experiences they could regularly ‘sell’ on the open market- especially to China. Yet they just threw it away. The reasons? They had no way to return it using only Soyuz, and obviously refused to ‘request’, or barter, for space on a returning Dragon capsule; probably due to pride.
You that image was first released, you can just bet that there were groans at the Russian space suit manufacturer….as well as those in the foreign ministry and certain people at top of Roscosmos who realized it was valuable property and hard-won experience being thrown away; all because some politico in the Russian chain of command- maybe even Rogozin or Putin; or, someone afraid
of how Rogozin or Putin would react- to a request to bring down the suit on an American Dragon.