No Space in Space

Space issues aboard the space station

The tight quarters aboard the international space station have become even more cramped -- because of a lack of trash pickups. The Columbia catastrophe early last year halted shuttle flights, meaning there's been no way to haul away garbage from the space station. So, it's looking more and more like a cluttered attic. "Room limited," is the way one astronaut describes it.

The hope is to have shuttle deliveries and pickups resume in the spring, but the shuttle launch site in Florida was battered by the recent hurricanes.

A few weeks ago, both astronauts who live in the space station tossed some useless junk out into space, but they had to be careful so the discarded items wouldn't become deadly boomerangs.