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Astronauts vow remaining tool bag won’t drift away

November 20, 2008
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Astronauts vowed to double-check, even triple-check all their tethers to make sure a bag of tools is properly tied down during a spacewalk Thursday so it doesn’t float away like one did earlier this week.

In this image from NASA TV, a tool kit bag, center, as seen through the helmet camera of astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, floats away from the International Space Station after she lost hold of it during a procedure during a 6 1/2-hour scheduled space walk outside the space station, Tuesday,

Within two hours of waking up, lead spacewalker Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Shane Kimbrough were inside their spacesuits, ready for the second of four spacewalks planned for their mission.

“We’re definitely not going to do it again. You’re not going to see us lose another bag,” Stefanyshyn-Piper said in an interview from the international space station on Wednesday with The Associated Press…more

During the two-week mission’s first spacewalk Tuesday, the tool tote floated out of a larger bag as Stefanyshyn-Piper cleaned grease from a leaking grease gun. Tethered to the lost briefcase-sized bag were a pair of grease guns used to lubricate a jammed joint that controls the space station’s rotating solar wing. The bag was one of the largest items ever lost by a spacewalking astronaut, and NASA guessed it cost about $100,000.

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