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Title: Russia put the first man and the first empty suit into space
Post by: Sennaya on June 11, 2009, 05:32:16 AM
Yuri Gagarin was the was the first man is space, and another first for Russia is the first unmanned space suit in space.

On 3 February 2006, a Russian space suit loaded with trash was released from the ISS. SuitSat-1, nicknamed Ivan Ivanovich,  equipped with a radio transmitter and batteries.
It orbited Earth for 216 days, making it the longest-lived piece of debris from the International Space Station.
The station also sheds debris unintentionally, losing about four trackable objects - the size of a grapefruit or larger - per year. That is significantly less than the space junk released by the former Soviet Union's Salyut 7 and Mir space stations.

Mir, which launched in 1986 and was deliberately de-orbited in 2001, released 22 objects a year, while the older Salyut 7, launched in 1982 and de-orbited in 1991, averaged about 33 trackable pieces of space debris annually.

More about the SatSuit from NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5183146 (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5183146)