When the job was done, the pioneers threw away a small package containing a cover that was no longer needed, as well as tools from the operation they had carried out.
Video scenes of the work of Russian astronauts sparked controversy, after they threw a small bag containing tools and some materials during their work, which revived the discussion about space pollution due to humanitarian actions.
The Russian astronauts were carrying out a 6-hour spacewalk, with the aim of transferring an airlock experiment from the “Rasvet” unit to the “Noka” laboratory unit at the Russian station.
When the job was done, the astronauts tossed away a small package containing a cover that was no longer needed, as well as tools from the operation they had carried out.
The 11-pound (4.98-kilogram) package is expected to float near the Russian space station for a while before burning up in Earth’s atmosphere.