Old and Abandoned – Space ‘Junk’

I have a fascination of old and abandoned things. Things that are old and abandoned have a story to tell, they’ve been somewhere, maybe done something and that story can turn something relatively worthless into something of value.

This is the start of a feature where I will put before you old and abandoned things and try and think about the story behind them.

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As many of my regualar bloggies know – I’m a bit of a space geek. So, I’ve ties this old and abandoned post in with space. Sounds kind of weird, because most space things are new and working. Let’s consider though the last 5 decades or more of human space activity – moon landings, space probes, Mars rovers and probes.

On the Moon currently there are four Lunar Rover Vehicles (LRV’s) built to take astronauts for relatively long distances around the Lunar terrain. If you fancy picking up something valuable these cost around $38,000,000 to make and considering their nostagic worth could be worth more if sold at an auction on Earth. Sure, it won’t pay for the trip to get there and to get them back – but they say every little helps.

Then there are the remains of the Lunar landers, US flags and other equipment we left in place. Old and abondoned – but some of it is used still, mirrors left on the moon are still used to measure it’s distance from the Earth by firing lasers at the mirrors and measuring the time it takes the beam to ‘bounce back’.

 

 

Then we have poor Beagle 2 – lost on Mars having never operated. It was a big thing for us Brits to land a robotic probe on Mars and it failed having nver establised contact. Costing around £44,000,000 ($80,000,000)  is was also an expensive object to shoot into space and then lose. But on the 16th of January 2015 Beagle 2 was found again by the NASA Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter. It discoovered that the lander hadn’t completely opened and the transmitter was blocked by a solar panel that hadn’t unfolded.

Just think – in decades to come treasure hunters will be trying to collect these and other pieces like them from around the solar system as a collection of our first exploits in space. But at the moment it’s al still old and aboandoned.

Simon 🙂

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24 thoughts on “Old and Abandoned – Space ‘Junk’”

  1. Great post. Really enjoyed this. I was born in 1951 when they were still launching modified V2 rockets to the edge of space. Just six years old when Sputnik 1 was orbited. It is weird to think of all those objects and footprints on the moon. And there are the Voyager spacecraft right at the edge of the solar system. All the best. Kris.

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    1. Thanks for the great comment Kris, we’ve come a long way in a short time I don’t know the early days, but even in my experience we’ve come a long way and have just started.

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