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Lost tool bag forces changes to planned spacewalks

Nov 19, 6:24 AM (ET)
By MIKE SCHNEIDER

HOUSTON (AP) - Flight controllers were revamping plans Wednesday for the remaining spacewalks planned during space shuttle Endeavour's visit to the international space station, after a crucial tool bag floated out to space during a repair trip.

The briefcase-sized tool bag drifted away from astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper on Tuesday as she cleaned and lubed a gummed-up joint on a wing of solar panels on the space station. She and fellow astronaut Stephen Bowen were midway through the first of four spacewalks planned for the mission. The tool bag was one of the largest items ever lost by a spacewalker.

As Stefanyshyn-Piper cleaned up a large gob of grease that seeped from a gun used to lubricate the joint, the tool case somehow became untethered from a larger bag and floated away along with a pair of grease guns, wipes and a putty knife attached to it.

"What it boils down to is all it takes is one small mistake for a tether not to be hooked up quite correctly or to slip off, and that's what happened here," said lead spacewalk officer John Ray.

Stefanyshyn-Piper and Bowen finished the spacewalk in almost seven hours by sharing tools from Bowen's bag. Ray noted that Stefanyshyn-Piper showed "real character and great discipline" by continuing on. She was the first woman to be assigned as lead spacewalker for a shuttle flight.

"Despite my little hiccup, or major hiccup, I think we did a good job out there," Stefanyshyn-Piper said after returning to the space station.
More: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20081119/D94HVGT00.html

I wonder how many millions ($$$) the space-age tools cost? External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
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Bet if there were shoes in that bag instead of tools it would have never been lost....

Just say'n....

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the sad part is, that's the end of her career with nasa. she'll be teaching theory after this flight is over.
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OMG "floated away along with a pair of grease vegetable peelers" ROFL emoticon vegetable peelers in space!!! That's the funniest substitution yet!!!
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"Ray noted that Stefanyshyn-Piper showed "real character and great discipline" by continuing on. She was the first woman to be assigned as lead spacewalker for a shuttle flight."

Wow. That's about as condescendingly sexist a statement as I've heard in a long time! What was she expected to do - break into tears and go lock herself in her sleeping bag? Sheesh! She's an astronaut, for goodness sake.

Next thing you know, NASA will be calling them "astronettes".


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OMG "floated away along with a pair of grease vegetable peelers" ROFL emoticon vegetable peelers in space!!! That's the funniest substitution yet!!!
I was waiting to see how long it took for someone to notice that!!! External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

1 hour, 9 minutes.
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Marcster wrote:
louisq wrote:
OMG "floated away along with a pair of grease vegetable peelers" ROFL emoticon vegetable peelers in space!!! That's the funniest substitution yet!!!
I was waiting to see how long it took for someone to notice that!!! External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

1 hour, 9 minutes.
Me too.

And of course it's a vegetable peeler! You don't think NASA's going to give that thing that MV changes to "vegetable peeler" to a woman? It just surprises me that they're sending fresh, unpeeled vegetables into space anyway. What ever happened to the good old days when astronaut meals were all squeezed from tubes?

Sheesh, sheesh, and double sheesh!

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Re: [NSR] NASA learns what we already know: Mind your tools!
Marcster wrote:
I wonder how many millions ($$$) the space-age tools cost? External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
I just heard on Headline News that the toolbag and contents were worth $100K. Not as bad as I would've thought.

Does NASA have insurance?

How about a Craftsmen or Snap-On lifetime warranty?
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Re: [NSR] NASA learns what we already know: Mind your tools!
Marcster wrote:
I just heard on Headline News that the toolbag and contents were worth $100K. Not as bad as I would've thought.
From what I understand, most of those tools have to be custom-made and they're all titanium. Ouch!

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