Lost In Space

Microgravity’s mysterious side effect: Stuff disappears

(Illustration by David Clark)
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Magnus notes that whenever crew members find floating odds and ends, they pop them into a Ziploc lost-and-found she calls the “scavenger hunt” bag. Occasionally the crew will downlink photos of its contents to the ground, where engineers will try to figure out where the mystery widgets came from. Controllers say that of the 22,000 inventory items currently logged aboard the ISS, 638—just under three percent—are listed as misplaced or lost.

Houston: Jones here. Let me know if someone on the ISS spots a 3/8-inch socket wrench. On February 11, 2001, while unbolting launch locks in the new Destiny lab, I took my eyes off that tool for a second….

Ask me about the reward.

Four-time space shuttle astronaut Tom Jones hopes to claim all the lost change rolling around under the orbiter floorboards.

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