Orbiting Toolbag Will Enter Atmosphere Aug. 3 | Universe Today

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Orbiting Toolbag Will Enter Atmosphere Aug. 3 | Universe Today: “The most famous toolbag in the world (and space) will soon be no more. The ISS Toolbag will enter Earth’s atmosphere and completely burn up. Current estimates say the toolbag should become a fireball on August 3 around 1316 Universal Time. It should be visible over the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico (12.7° N, 257.1° E). Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper dropped the backpack-sized kit on Nov. 18, 2008, while she was working outside the International Space Station. Since then the toolbag has circled Earth over 4,000 times, and has even been visible from the ground. Keep track of the toolbag at Heaven’s Above or on SpaceWeather.com’s Satellite Tracker.”

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