Oops! Tools Lost in Space

Astronaut slips up on spacewalk
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2008 3:10 AM CST
Astronaut Stephen Bowen maneuvers down the cargo bay of the space shuttle Endeavour as he prepares to assist astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper.   (AP Photo/NASA TV)
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(Newser) – A shuttle astronaut performing repairs during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station yesterday faced a slippery dilemma when a grease gun spurted lubricant inside her tool bag. As Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper cleaned the lubricant from her gloves, her bag full of tools floated away, boldly going where no tools have gone before, reports the Houston Chronicle. 

"Oh great," muttered the astronaut as the bag floated just out of reach. The lost bag included grease guns, scrapers, and wire ties—none of which is expected to pose a space hazard. The tasks were completed by sharing tools with a fellow astronaut. The Shuttle Endeavour docked with the space station Sunday on a 16-day mission to expand the station and install additional equipment.