I subscribe to Marc Boucher’s daily emails from his SpaceRef.com site. They are very interesting and I almost always find something in every email which fascinates me.
In his Friday, June 8th edition, there was a link to a NASA site showing some micrometeorite damage suffered by the ISS. I’ve posted a thumbnail here and you can click on it to view a larger version (warning; it’s a 1.6MB file). The NASA URL also has links to that image and a lower resolution one. They don’t post a “credit” for the photo, but the story leads me to believe it’s one of the Russian astronauts currently up there.
Anyway, I’ve posted this here as this hazard, along with others, will be something that a Space Elevator ribbon and Climber will have to deal with. The picture shows a hole poked in an insulation blanket – I’d have liked to find out what kind of damage, if any, was suffered by the module itself.
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