Re: FW: Shuttle water dump while attached to ISS

From: Jonathan T Wojack (
Date: Sun Aug 19 2001 - 15:49:00 PDT

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    > The particles freeze immediately in the cold environs of space 
    > forming ice
    > particles. The particles are of small relative size and mass and 
    > will
    > individually decay very quickly--within a day is a fairly good 
    > guess. 
    I recall reading that objects of a low mass -to- RCS value will delay
    less rapidly, than those of a high value (IOW, more mass, faster decay). 
    I think this discussion came up when there was a report of a lost glove
    in space since the 1960's just coming down recently.  I can't find any
    mention of this in my archive.  It should be there!  Can anyone help?
    When the water (and soon thereafter, ice particles) are expelled into
    space, does the H2O do in the opposite direction in which the Space
    Shuttle is traveling?  If so, then wouldn't the particles travel at a
    slightly less orbital velocity compared to the Space Shuttle (which would
    hasten the decay) ?
    Jonathan T. Wojack       
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