Words that NASA doesn’t want to hear for a long, long time… “Umm, we have a lost tool!” The reason behind this fear is that when astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper was cleaning and lubing a joint on a wing of one of the station’s solar panels, she let a tool drift away when it got out of her grasp. Fellow spacewalk astronaut Stephen Bowen saved the day by lending his tools to Stefanyshyn-Piper to complete their work in 7 hours. The news is that the bag had suffered some kind of damage earlier, which resulted in the lubrication spilling out onto most of the tools. When Stefanyshyn-Piper tried to clean away some of the muck, she lost grip of the bag and it drifted away. The total damage…a $100,000 tool bag drifting in space and one of the largest items ever lost by an astronaut on a spacewalk.
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