An “OOPS!” for the ages.

That sucks.

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.

I’ve misplaced a tool here and there myself, but when something literally flies off into outer space, you know you’ll never see that bad boy again.
At least no diapers are alleged to have been involved in this gruple.

  1. #1 by NoAstronomer on November 19, 2008 - 9:21 am

    To be fair to Heidemarie the tool bag is not ‘lost’, it’s just out of reach. NASA know exactly where the bag is : orbiting about 2.5 miles ahead of the space station.

  2. #2 by Russell on November 19, 2008 - 12:28 pm

    Anyone who has done much work on boats knows how she felt. Sailors are a bit different, though. I suspect since astronauts are filmed when they’re working, with such slips bound to end up on youtube, they have been carefully trained. Still, I was impressed that she uttered not one foul word the moment the bag slipped away. ;-)

  3. #3 by Adam on November 19, 2008 - 3:26 pm

    I also have misplaced something before, but the reality is that they’re probably not going to get this tool bag back and they’re just going to have to on. Hopefully, there wasn’t anything important in the tool bag

  4. #4 by Bill from Dover on November 19, 2008 - 8:13 pm

    I guess gravity does have its good points. At least, when ya drop something, ya know which way it will move.

  5. #5 by llewelly on November 20, 2008 - 12:00 am

    Spiderman could’ve resuced that toolbag. Why wasn’t he there when people needed him?

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