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November 19, 2008


NASA, what the fuck?

Lost tool bag forces changes to planned spacewalks
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Nov 19, 6:24 AM (ET)


(AP) In this image from NASA TV, astronaut Stephen Bowen maneuvers down the cargo bay of the space...
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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

Can we please get these guys some magnetic tools (like they have at Wal-Mart) and a steel belt or at least a tether with a safety tether? Or if you wanna go the funny route, a fishing rod would be great.

I realize this is one of those 'laugh because it's terrifying that hundred of millions of dollars and human lives are riding on this' sort of things, but goddamn NASA.

Get it together.