Raw video:...ok not the most exciting piece of footage but amusing all the same:
A toolbag lost in space by an American astronaut in an unprecedented blunder last week has been spotted and filmed by a backyard satellite watcher in Canada.
Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper watched helplessly as the bag drifted away from her while she was cleaning and greasing a a gummed-up joint on a wing of solar panels on the International Space Station.
The bag - which NASA says costs about $US100,000 and is one of the largest items lost on a spacewalk - became untethered from a larger kit and floated away, taking with it a pair of grease guns, wipes and a putty knife.
Now, Kevin Fetter, a veteran satellite observer in Brockville, Ontario, has spotted the lost tool bag using his backyard observatory and published a video of it online.
He captured the backpack-sized bag at the exact time it passed over his observatory.
In an email interview, Fetter said his find had little to do with luck and he had planned to capture the tool bag on video as it was "something new in orbit".
The US military tracks objects in space and releases orbital data about them, allowing star gazers to pinpoint their location. A satellite tracker tool on the SpaceWeather.com site allows people to determine exactly when objects such as the tool bag are going to be floating over their suburbs.
"Depending on the size of the object and how much light its surface reflects will determine if I can see it, and get it on video," Fetter said.
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