Discovery Astronauts Bottling Outer Space

Bottle will remain sealed, hit museums
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2011 12:58 PM CST
Discovery Astronauts Bottling Outer Space
A cloud-covered part of Earth is seen as space shuttle Discovery approaches the International Space Station during STS-133 rendezvous and docking operations Saturday Feb. 26, 2011.   (AP Photo/NASA)

The Discovery crew will leave the International Space Station today for the first of two spacewalks—and one of their missions is to capture a sample of space in a metal bottle. The bottle will be given to Japan's space agency, which says it will remain sealed and make the museum rounds to provide "a conduit between humans and space." The astronauts will also put some finishing touches on the space station, the Christian Science Monitor reports. (More Discovery stories.)

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