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Astronauts Lose Bolt During Spacewalk
AP via Breitbart.com ^ | 9/12/06 | MIKE SCHNEIDER

Posted on 09/12/2006 9:18:38 AM PDT by RedCell

Astronauts Lose Bolt During Spacewalk Sep 12 11:55 AM US/Eastern

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.

Spacewalking astronauts worried they have may have gummed up a successful job connecting an addition to the international space station Tuesday when a bolt, spring and washer floated free.

Astronaut Joe Tanner was working with the bolt when it sprang loose, floated over the head of Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and skittered across the 17 1/2-ton box-like truss that they were hooking up.

While the washer went out into space safely, Tanner worried the bolt and spring could get into the truss's wiring and tubing and causing problems.

"Not a good thing," Tanner said. "Let's hope it doesn't end up somewhere in the mechanism.

"I don't see it anywhere."

NASA managers were examining whether the lost bolt would be a problem. Space debris can be dangerous if it punctures space station walls or spacesuits and can jam crucial mechanisms. However, spacewalkers have a long history of losing material in space. In July, Discovery spacewalkers lost a 14-inch-long spatula that floated away.

The free-flying bolt marred an otherwise successful and speedy spacewalk Tuesday morning.

Tanner and Piper zipped through a jam-packed list of arduous but mundane construction tasks, putting NASA ahead of schedule in connecting the addition. With extra time, Mission Control assigned them half a dozen extra jobs of bolt removing and cover unlatching that would have been part of a Thursday spacewalk.

That's when the bolt got lost.

Atlantis astronauts Dan Burbank and Steve MacLean will head into space on Thursday.

The spacewalk was a first for rookie astronaut Piper, who joined an elite club of female spacewalkers.

Only six other women have participated in 159 U.S. spacewalks, and only one has gone on any of the 118 Russian spacewalks. A major reason for the lack of female spacewalkers is the spacesuit, which isn't designed for small sizes, said Piper, who is 5-foot-10. "If you fit in a suit then the easier it is to work," she said.

Before they started, astronauts MacLean and Jeff Williams, from inside the space lab, used the robotic arm to install the 45-foot addition on the left side of the space station's truss system. Two solar arrays will be unfurled from the truss on Thursday.

The spacewalk started a short time later at 5:17 a.m. EDT. Tanner was first to enter the void of space tethered to the space station, followed by Piper.

"Welcome to the world of EVAs," Tanner told Piper, using the NASA term for spacewalks _ extra vehicular activities.

"Aaah. Wonderful," Piper responded.

Tanner and Piper then started connecting wiring and cables to the $372 million truss segment that was moved Monday from space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay to the space station's robotic arm. Wearing bulky suits and gloves, the spacewalking electricians also installed and disconnected bolts, connected tubes and activated latches _ tasks that had to be performed quickly so the electronic components do not get cold.

The team worked briskly, at one point putting themselves so far ahead of the schedule that Mission Control reminded them to take a break.

"The team is working hard to keep up with you guys," Mission Control said.


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Sounds like a business opportunity for the Home Depot.

Tanner: "Oh shoot... I just lost the last bolt"

Heidemarie: "No problem. I'll just make a run down to the Space Depot for a couple more. Need anything else"

Tanner: "Yeah, a few thousand rolls of duct tape and some bailing wire would be good. And can you swing by Starbucks for an espresso while you're at it?"

1 posted on 09/12/2006 9:18:38 AM PDT by RedCell
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To: RedCell

Must have been one of those "Oh,crap" moments.


2 posted on 09/12/2006 9:23:28 AM PDT by paulcissa (Only YOU can prevent liberalism.)
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To: RedCell
While the washer went out into space safely, Tanner worried the bolt and spring could get into the truss's wiring and tubing and causing problems.

Thus proving that dropped hardware will settle in the most inaccessible spot both on earth and in space. There's gotta be some universal law governing this phenomenon.

3 posted on 09/12/2006 9:24:31 AM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: RedCell

I hate when that happens. I remember once dropping a tiny metal clip down into an intake manifold. After I did it, I understood why they're called "Jesus clips." I found it, though, after pulling the manifold.


4 posted on 09/12/2006 9:25:06 AM PDT by MineralMan (Non-evangelical Atheist)
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To: RedCell

Dag.

That's what we make idiot cords for.


5 posted on 09/12/2006 9:25:25 AM PDT by roaddog727 (Bullsh## doesn't get bridges built.)
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To: RedCell

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper

What is the country of origin for that name (not the piper part - he's her step Dad)

Heide Marie is swiss/french origin, but Stefanyshyn?

Just curious.


6 posted on 09/12/2006 9:25:26 AM PDT by TimesDomain (When a judge declares himself "MASTER", you become his "SLAVE")
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To: paulcissa

This is the kind of thing that makes EVA still a learning exercise. Oh, well, they lose stuff inside the ISS all the time.


7 posted on 09/12/2006 9:25:58 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: RedCell

I hate when that happens - I hope they don't try and change the oil ...


8 posted on 09/12/2006 9:26:34 AM PDT by 11th_VA
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To: RedCell

So he dropped a nut or he's got a screw loose?


9 posted on 09/12/2006 9:27:08 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace begins in the womb.)
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To: RedCell

Makes me feel better. It always happens to me.


10 posted on 09/12/2006 9:28:08 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: RedCell
OK! Time for a FOD walk. Every one fingertip to shoulder.

I'll stand over here and Bob, you go over there by the moon.

Baby steps people!

11 posted on 09/12/2006 9:29:40 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: TimesDomain

Probably Russian or Ukrainian. It's more commonly spelled with "i" instead of "y", and is a derivation from Stephanish or Stephanich.


12 posted on 09/12/2006 9:29:59 AM PDT by MineralMan (Non-evangelical Atheist)
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To: RedCell

Whew! At least it wasn't mine.

13 posted on 09/12/2006 9:30:19 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: RedCell

The Mighty Mag Parts Tray would solve their problems.........

14 posted on 09/12/2006 9:30:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: RedCell
Tanner: "Yeah, a few thousand rolls of duct tape and some bailing wire would be good. And can you swing by Starbucks for an espresso while you're at it?"

If you see a Stuckey's, get me a pecan log.

15 posted on 09/12/2006 9:30:39 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: RedCell

DOH!


16 posted on 09/12/2006 9:31:32 AM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: RedCell
Discovery spacewalkers lost a 14-inch-long spatula

Pancakes in space!
17 posted on 09/12/2006 9:32:01 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: RedCell
In July, Discovery spacewalkers lost a 14-inch-long spatula that floated away.

I thought NASA told them not to cook in space.
18 posted on 09/12/2006 9:32:20 AM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: randog
It's called Murphy's Law of Universal Gravitation.

It states:

A dropped part will always roll (or in this case float) to the farthest, mos inaccessible place and/or to where it can cause the most damage.......

19 posted on 09/12/2006 9:33:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: RedCell

Whoopsy... They'll need one super-duper-light-year-long magnet to pick up that bolt.


20 posted on 09/12/2006 9:33:33 AM PDT by madison10
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To: TimesDomain

She's American, but I believe her father is a Ukrainian immigrant.


21 posted on 09/12/2006 9:34:03 AM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Drawsing

"If you see a Stuckey's, get me a pecan log."

I think there's one in the tile repair kit. I'll check the in the trunk...


22 posted on 09/12/2006 9:34:44 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Drawsing

When I was driving across country one time I asked my wife if she wanted to stop at the Stucky's to get a pecan roll.

She told me, only we could take it and throw it directly in the toilet to cut out the middle man.


23 posted on 09/12/2006 9:35:35 AM PDT by CougarGA7 (This tag Line will be commercial free for the remainder of this thread.)
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To: TimesDomain

No clue. All I could find was that she was born in St. Paul, MN, donchyaknow.


24 posted on 09/12/2006 9:36:05 AM PDT by RedCell ("...thou shalt kill thine enemy before he killeth you by any means available" - Dick Marcinko)
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To: RedCell
In July, Discovery spacewalkers lost a 14-inch-long spatula that floated away.

Serves 'em right for trying to serve pancakes in space.

25 posted on 09/12/2006 9:36:07 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: Drawsing
Ditto...I think the nearest Stuckey's in in New Mexico.


26 posted on 09/12/2006 9:36:08 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: Red Badger

Have they thought of that? Maybe they haven't. They think of lots of things, but a spring shouldn't just be going ...sproing... off into separate orbit.


27 posted on 09/12/2006 9:36:23 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: RedCell

One of 10's of thousands of pieces of space debris.


28 posted on 09/12/2006 9:37:54 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: RightWhale

I find it amusing that the NASA guys haven't heard of magnetic parts trays, or if not magnetic parts, then use a sticky mat........


29 posted on 09/12/2006 9:38:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: RightWhale

It was supposed to be a captive assembly, apparently that feature failed. It happens sometimes, and I know we'll be looking into it.


30 posted on 09/12/2006 9:39:19 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Red Badger

And there's the `parallel universe' theory for lost fasteners: after giving up searching in disgust,
then spending 15 minutes finding a replacement in your bins & returning to the job,
that little screw will re-appear.


31 posted on 09/12/2006 9:40:07 AM PDT by tumblindice
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To: paulcissa

Or maybe this is like a Dentist who says OOPS!

I am glad I do not work for NASA. If every time I lost a screw or bolt it ended up in the New York Times I couldn't bear the publicity!


32 posted on 09/12/2006 9:40:33 AM PDT by John Carey
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To: Red Badger

The washer might be aluminum, so non-magnetic and could be lost. And it's a surpirsing thing, but things that are sticky here are not sticky in vacuum... We try to make things mechanically captive as much as possible when out used for EVA.


33 posted on 09/12/2006 9:41:33 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: RedCell

on earth, the missing parts would be guaranteed to roll to the part of the driveway underneath the vehicle that is the LEAST accessible.

Don't know what the orbital equivalent is, but I bet it's worse...


34 posted on 09/12/2006 9:42:55 AM PDT by LN2Campy
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To: RedCell

They are screwed!


35 posted on 09/12/2006 9:43:42 AM PDT by CSM ("The fatter we get as a country the more concerned we get about smoking" - ichabod1)
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To: Frank_Discussion

Things that are sticky here are not sticky in space. That's interesting. How come?

And I like how your tag line is a quote from "Big Trouble in Little China". Hilarious movie.


36 posted on 09/12/2006 9:44:09 AM PDT by CougarGA7 (This tag line will be commercial free for the remainder of this thread.)
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To: tumblindice
Happens all the time in production.

10 minutes searching for lost or misplaced part.

10 minutes looking up parts list and part number.

10 minutes filling out parts requisition.

10 minutes waiting in line at stockroom to get part.

cost of original part: $0.10.........

37 posted on 09/12/2006 9:44:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Frank_Discussion

You mean Post-it Notes won't work on the outside of the ISIS?............


38 posted on 09/12/2006 9:45:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Red Badger

I'd imagine there would be some sort of safety tent or net in which they would work if they are working with small parts. A slight spring tension could keep it puffed out and out of their way.


39 posted on 09/12/2006 9:46:50 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: TimesDomain

After further research, it's definitely Ukranian.


40 posted on 09/12/2006 9:47:20 AM PDT by MineralMan (Non-evangelical Atheist)
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To: MineralMan

For pete's sake. I mean Ukrainian.


41 posted on 09/12/2006 9:48:52 AM PDT by MineralMan (Non-evangelical Atheist)
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To: RedCell

Doc! Did you say, "Oops"?!


42 posted on 09/12/2006 9:49:13 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
Discovery spacewalkers lost a 14-inch-long spatula

Pancakes in space!

Think how far the pancakes would fly if they flipped them into space with a 14-inch-long spatula. The bolt may be close to the ISS, but those pancakes would be long gone.

43 posted on 09/12/2006 9:55:11 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The media and the democrats are the biggest supporters of the terrorists.)
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To: randog
"There's gotta be some universal law governing this phenomenon."

It's called "Murphy's law" Anything that can go wrong- will.

44 posted on 09/12/2006 9:57:36 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: CougarGA7

"Things that are sticky here are not sticky in space. That's interesting. How come?"

I meant meant to say "not always" sticky, and I don't remember why. I'll have to research that.

As for BTILC, I love that movie!


45 posted on 09/12/2006 9:57:40 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Red Badger

Don't think so...


46 posted on 09/12/2006 9:58:00 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Frank_Discussion

Hmmm, no mag parts, no sticky stuff, that leaves only play-doh........


47 posted on 09/12/2006 10:00:36 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: TimesDomain
"Stefanyshyn?

Polish/Ukrainian

48 posted on 09/12/2006 10:00:46 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper. What is the country of origin for that name (not the piper part - he's her step Dad) Heide Marie is swiss/french origin, but Stefanyshyn? Just curious.

Apparently she's a member of the Hyphe nation...

49 posted on 09/12/2006 10:00:57 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: RedCell
So, the bolt is now...


50 posted on 09/12/2006 10:02:01 AM PDT by T.Smith
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