$100,000 lost in space


By Patricia L Johnson

Captain Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper was several hours into a seven-hour space walk when a grease gun exploded in her tool bag.

Now I may be wrong, but I think if a grease gun exploded in a man’s tool bag, he would just let it go while he focused on the job at hand, which was to clean and grease a rotary joint.

Not Piper, instead of finishing the job at hand, she attempted to clean the greasy mess off her gloves and a camera, while her $100,000.00 tool bag slipped from its tether and is now floating around in outer space.

The tool bag contained two grease guns, a putty knife and some cleaning wipes that are required to complete work on a broken joint on the solar array.  The tools are critical to the mission and are now floating around in space.

NASA is tracking the tool bag in an effort to make sure it doesn’t cause more damage by crashing into the International Space Station. 

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