Nov 19, 2008

Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

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You think you had a bad day?

You’re looking at astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper, and yesterday she was scheduled to participate in a six-hour spacewalk outside of the International Space Station.

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Her specific job was to clean and lubricate the gears of the station’s starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint, a certain Solar Alpha Rotary Joint that has been malfunctioning. In space. Very high up in space.

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But when she opened her tool bag to begin her work, she found that her grease gun had leaked, coating the entire contents of her bag with a film of lubricant.

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And then while she was trying to clean up her bag and all of the tools within, the whole thing floated away!

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And so for the remainder of the six-hour spacewalk which isn’t much of a walk at all, Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper had to share tools with astronaut Steve Bowen.

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