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astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper watches as the bag floats away  (Source: NASA TV)
A NASA astronaut accidentally lost her toolbag while conducting a spacewalk

Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper suffered an astronaut blunder after she mistakenly let go of her tool bag in space after a grease gun inside of her backpack-sized bag exploded.

"Uh, we have a lost tool," Stefanyshyn-Piper said as she watched the bag float away.

It seems that the grease gun began to leak inside of the bag, which inadvertently lubricated everything inside the bag.  The bag floated away as she tried to manage the mess, but the lack of gravity proved too much.

NASA astronauts will now track the bag for the next few days, watching to make sure it doesn't impact the ISS.

Despite the incident, the spacewalkers were able to clean and lubricate the joints on a solar array located on the outside of the ISS.  NASA scientists believe a lack of lubrication was the initial reason the joint stopped working, and hope they don't have to worry about finding metal shavings on any future spacewalks.  

As researchers on Earth become increasingly concerned about the amount of space junk floating aimlessly in orbit, astronauts working aboard the ISS have lost items during spacewalks.

In July 2006 during a spacewalk, astronauts Michael Fossum and Piers Sellers were testing different ways to repair the ISS and managed to lose a 14-inch putty knife.  Several months later, astronaut Joe Tanner mistakenly sent a bolt, spring and washer into space.  

Space junk could potentially impact the ISS or a shuttle going to or departing the ISS, which could be catastrophic, space experts repeatedly warn.

Astronauts on the ISS were recently forced to fire boosters on the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle to help lower the orbit of the ISS one mile.



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Uh, tether the tool bag to the astronaut
By Bateluer on 11/19/2008 9:02:30 AM , Rating: 5
Seems like common sense to me, that the tool bag itself would be tethered to the space suit in some manner. Obviously, its not practical for every tool, but the entire bag should be.




RE: Uh, tether the tool bag to the astronaut
By elessar1 on 11/19/2008 9:11:36 AM , Rating: 4
<sexist commentary>

It has to be a women loosing a purse...

</sexist commentary>


RE: Uh, tether the tool bag to the astronaut
By Whedonic on 11/19/2008 9:39:24 AM , Rating: 5
<linguistic commentary>

You probably meant "losing" a purse...

</linguistic commentary>


RE: Uh, tether the tool bag to the astronaut
By MrBlastman on 11/19/2008 10:31:51 AM , Rating: 5
<disgruntled male commentary>

For the kind of money Nasa paid for that handbag, it sure was ugly! And look, she even went and got grease all over it.

Women.

</disgruntled male commentary>


RE: Uh, tether the tool bag to the astronaut
By oTAL on 11/19/2008 12:32:45 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
For the kind of money Nasa paid for that handbag, it sure was ugly!


I gotta say that commenting on how ugly the handbag is is pretty gay... not that there's anything wrong with it!!


RE: Uh, tether the tool bag to the astronaut
By MrBlastman on 11/19/2008 1:22:54 PM , Rating: 3
You fail to see the humor. Have you ever noticed those obnoxious abominations that women spend money on at the mall - sometimes thousands of dollars... for a silly purse?

Has nothing to do with being gay or admiring the accessories.


RE: Uh, tether the tool bag to the astronaut
By someguy123 on 11/19/2008 8:03:30 PM , Rating: 2
hey man, it's their money let em spend it the way they want.

just feel good that you didn't.


By kake on 11/20/2008 12:02:18 AM , Rating: 2
My wife gets her money from me, so yes, I did pay for it. *shakes head sadly*


By Myg on 11/25/2008 7:00:42 AM , Rating: 2
Well, theres nothing wrong with inclinations as long as they arn't expressed...


By hapticz on 11/20/2008 9:45:53 AM , Rating: 2
this event will provide for much mirth for years.....


RE: Uh, tether the tool bag to the astronaut
By IceBreakerG on 11/19/2008 9:18:12 AM , Rating: 5
You say it like the guys at NASA are some kind of rocket scientists or something.


By PrezWeezy on 11/19/2008 7:45:29 PM , Rating: 1
Robin Williams:
"If you smoke a lot of pot, you may never become a rocket scientist...or maybe...If you seen some of the things that happen lately to NASA, maybe you can.
The Mars Lander...
I did the calculations in feet, but I programmed the Lander in meters.
So, instead of landing, fucker buried!
10 million dollars... oopsy!
Two years... splat!"


RE: Uh, tether the tool bag to the astronaut
By bribud on 11/19/2008 9:21:24 AM , Rating: 5
Yep. At least some sort of cord that use could use to pull it back in. I mean, that is what surfers do when they lose their board.


RE: Uh, tether the tool bag to the astronaut
By Inkjammer on 11/19/2008 11:24:35 AM , Rating: 4
Likewise, Duncan can produce and build a yo-yo for pennies on the dollar, but NASA can't figure out how to replicate that similar technology on an essential piece of mission essential equipment? The space yo-yo seems so... simple. Hell, even my work ID badge has a yo-yo style retractable cord.

At this rate we're never going to conquer the galaxy.


By bribud on 11/19/2008 1:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I know. I use the ID and retractable cord setup also, it just shows how ahead of the curve we are compared to NASA!


By mindless1 on 11/25/2008 12:58:19 AM , Rating: 2
But, the cord did not match her outfit, it had to go!


RE: Uh, tether the tool bag to the astronaut
By blowfish on 11/19/2008 9:39:18 AM , Rating: 3
It does seem ridiculous, but then NASA are not renowned for their common sense are they?

When I'm working at height, all my tools are on tethers. Now if it's common practice with humble terrestrial workers, it should surely be compulsory for astronauts, since the consequences of stray objects is so much more significant.


By isorfir on 11/19/2008 10:29:48 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
When I'm working at height, all my tools are on tethers.

I hope you're not a blacksmith.


By HelToupee on 11/19/2008 9:56:57 AM , Rating: 2
Or tether it to the device being worked on.

Or just have Scotty lock on to it and beam it back in. Oh... wait...


Tethered NASA toolkit
By hapticz on 11/19/2008 10:00:39 AM , Rating: 3
lets see now, 3 special non torqing pliers-$150,000, 1 canupulin retaining tool,-$50,000, 2 sets device specific bolts-$20,000, 4 sets non sparking retaining rings-$40,000, 1 attachment clip device-$40,000, 12 hand sewn Tyvek tether bags-$24,000, 1 restraint tether with security clip-$5,000. (probably a few more items i missed) , so take it out of this butterfingers paycheck, along with the USAF tracking cost for the next 50 years (~$50,000)...... :-))




RE: Tethered NASA toolkit
By Integral9 on 11/19/2008 10:09:10 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
3 special non torqing pliers-$150,000, 1 canupulin retaining tool,-$50,000, 2 sets device specific bolts-$20,000, 4 sets non sparking retaining rings-$40,000, 1 attachment clip device-$40,000, 12 hand sewn Tyvek tether bags-$24,000, 1 restraint tether with security clip-$5,000.

5ft of nylon rope... priceless.

Seriously, construction workers have to tie their tools to them in case they drop them on a passer-by / car. Shouldn't the same rules apply here? Someone call OSHA!


RE: Tethered NASA toolkit
By nosfe on 11/19/2008 11:07:24 AM , Rating: 2
they could even do it with a simple magnet, easy and elegant


RE: Tethered NASA toolkit
By hapticz on 11/20/2008 9:44:58 AM , Rating: 2
jiminy, dare they add that extravagant weight? and now that i learned the grease gun 'exploded', what might have happend to this contaminant if that happened inside the space station? they would need to contract a special 20 billion dollar mission just to bring some maids up to do some cleaning....:-))


RE: Tethered NASA toolkit
By bribud on 11/19/2008 1:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot to include her $1 tube of lipstick in that purse/bag thingy.


Gravity tool..
By hapticz on 11/19/2008 10:03:22 AM , Rating: 2
there should be some protocol when something gets 'loose' , perhaps a shove towards earth to assist its descent into burning hell...




RE: Gravity tool..
By CyborgTMT on 11/19/2008 4:17:01 PM , Rating: 2
Not needed, it's already heading there. The ISS is still within the Earth's gravity and requires periodic boosts back into a higher orbit. When people say 'floating away' they should actually use falling away because whatever was let go is on a slow decent towards Earth.


RE: Gravity tool..
By hapticz on 11/20/2008 9:49:57 AM , Rating: 2
then they should be able to partially determine its rate of descent and launch a special earth alert to prevent anyone from getting konked on the noggin... :-)) (i'm wearing my hard hat daily! )


RE: Gravity tool..
By Ringold on 11/21/2008 1:20:06 AM , Rating: 2
Well, technically, the sun is within Earth's gravity. Isn't the issue very, very slight atmospheric drag?


RE: Gravity tool..
By SlyNine on 11/19/2008 5:11:20 PM , Rating: 2
We'll just send an SM-3 up there to get it.


So I'm thinking...
By NarcoticHobo on 11/19/2008 8:59:36 AM , Rating: 4
Less tracking space junk, more force fields!




RE: So I'm thinking...
By Dean364 on 11/19/2008 9:03:36 AM , Rating: 2
MMMMmmm.....force shields.....


His excuse was...
By kontorotsui on 11/19/2008 9:49:34 AM , Rating: 4
... "I did that to stop Jango Fett's missile" ;)




hmmm
By Tacoloft on 11/19/2008 11:53:25 AM , Rating: 2
This what happens when you send a woman to do a man's job.




RE: hmmm
By bribud on 11/19/2008 1:31:27 PM , Rating: 2
I knew that response was going to come out sooner or later!


Hmmm.
By foolsgambit11 on 11/19/2008 8:47:37 PM , Rating: 1
"Uh, we have a lost tool."

I think I heard a secret service agent say that when he couldn't find W.




RE: Hmmm.
By JonnyDough on 11/20/2008 3:39:36 PM , Rating: 2
I think you mean...

"Uhh, Houston? We have a problem. Heidemarie just lost her tool bag. Do you think that next time we could maybe bring along a repairMAN? I mean, men carry their tools in their PANTS."

Fred makes crass remark.

"Get your mind out of the gutter Fred, I was referring to wallets and hammer loops. Could we maybe leave Fred there with you guys next time too? I'm not a homophobe or anything, but Fred's really been getting on my nerves this trip. You know how it is in these tight quarters. Fred if you make another lewd remark I'm going stuff you into the waste vacuum chamber."


The truth is that
By Sylar on 11/19/2008 10:03:11 AM , Rating: 2
She got hot and bothered at the opportunity to "lubricate" the solar panels? :P




Tether?
By wetterfrosch on 11/19/2008 7:47:01 PM , Rating: 2
This is ridiculous. The fact that NASA is so concerned about space junk flying around you would think they'd take extra precaution into securing all tools and bags to the astronaut or shuttle/ISS.




There is a piece of rope...
By Darkk on 11/19/2008 11:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
If you look at the picture closely you will notice there is some kind of a rope attached to the bag. It's possible she didn't realize her gloves were covered with some lube grease and it lubricated the rope when she tied it to something.

So ya, she made a big ooops but it was accidental. The bag will be in orbit for a few months before gravity pulls it down, just hope sooner than later before it hits something in orbit.




Space Junk
By techie101 on 11/19/2008 12:55:45 PM , Rating: 1
Why not just blow up or melt the space junk with a laser? I mean if the Chinese can blow a out a satellite, I think we can burn a handbag or a bolt, Just a thought.




Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper
By JonnyDough on 11/20/2008 3:32:12 PM , Rating: 1
Her name should have been the first clue. Any woman who would refuse to take her husband's last name and let go of her own might also refuse a tether.

Michael McDonald as Stewart:

"Let me...let me do it!"




<quote>"Uh, we have a lost tool,"
By on 11/19/08, Rating: -1
RE: <quote>"Uh, we have a lost tool,"
By FITCamaro on 11/19/2008 12:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
Are you chinese? Because you speak like a gold farmer.

And that thing would burn up upon reentry.


By napalmjack on 11/19/2008 12:55:11 PM , Rating: 3
Ignore them.
Nothing to see here. Just a troll.


RE: <quote>"Uh, we have a lost tool,"
By on 11/19/08, Rating: -1
By Mortando on 11/21/2008 5:21:47 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And that thing would burn up upon reentry.

Apparently not fully:
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=e_2aX-784sw
"Meteor", my ass...


RE: <quote>"Uh, we have a lost tool,"
By bribud on 11/19/2008 1:39:07 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Well, her problem is that she is assured belongage to some group otherwise she would not lose bag the. I'm more worried bag the will impact someone's head earth downwards partly. They should build prisons the right space the in.

OMG! I sure hope that was some sort of attempt at some sort of weird sarcasm that people don't understand or something like that because if not, I believe that is THE WORST english I think I have read on this forum.


By CrazyBernie on 11/19/2008 2:49:14 PM , Rating: 2
Watch out, he might try to convince you to send money to help the war effort in Nigeria...


RE: <quote>"Uh, we have a lost tool,"
By on 11/19/08, Rating: -1
RE: <quote>"Uh, we have a lost tool,"
By hapticz on 11/20/2008 9:55:53 AM , Rating: 2
at least they tried the english, some never even learn at all. from the conjugation and syntax, i might presume this was from a romance language speaker, or perhaps a crappy website translator paste up.


RE: <quote>"Uh, we have a lost tool,"
By CrazyBernie on 11/20/2008 11:36:41 AM , Rating: 2
Someone set us up the bomb!!


By JonnyDough on 11/20/2008 3:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
Much to learn about bombs and English you have young jedi.


Typical
By FITCamaro on 11/19/08, Rating: -1
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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