iPods in Space!

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Look closely at the driver’s side window on Space Shuttle Endeavour. What’s that white thing floating around the cabin in zero G?

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Look closer…

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It looks like an iPod Classic!

It was spotted in this high-res photo of the Endeavour, by eagle-eyed TUAW reader Walker. The Space Shuttle is presently docked with the International Space Station.

According to TUAW, space-bound iPods have to have their lithium batteries replaced with specially certified alkaline ones. And iPods aren;t allowed inside the ISS, since they aren’t certified as safe on the space station.

  • Cleve

    http://9to5mac.com/ipod_a_spac

    is the original source, though TUAW doesn’t quote sources, unfortunately

  • Bram

    I’m pretty sure that it’s a 4G iPod, not a classic.

  • Aaron

    Are you British? But the space shuttle is an american car. That window for sure is passenger side window in american cars. Anyway good job Holmes …

  • S. Jobs

    I second that.

  • miss_lain

    I saw that low gravity iPod picture quite some time ago. I’m sure it’s tucked away on a hard drive somewhere in my vast collection of computer parts. Cool to see it again.

  • william

    I think it runs the space shuttle. LOL.
    Great find!

  • Dan

    Cool. I didn’t realize that they switched out the lithium batteries to take it up there, but that makes sense. You learn something new every day!

  • SpaceFan

    This news was first posted last week (before TUAW) on NASA Watch and SpaceRef at http://www.nasawatch.com/archi

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