WTF is in Space?


WTF is in Space?

Illustration: Namaah/ Arré


une 3, 1965. The dawn of the space age. American astronaut Edward White steps out of his Gemini 4 spacecraft into the vacuum, for the very first time. He’s carrying a set of tools, to fix a glitch on the capsule. As he works, one thermal glove (luckily, a spare) drops out of his toolbox and enters Earth’s orbit. And there it floated for over a month.

Space wasn’t as lonely as it’s set up to be. White’s glove had half a million bits and pieces to keep it company – random waste generated by our space activity since Sputnik was launched in 1957.