On November 18th, 2008, Endeavor astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper was attempting to clean the tools and equipment after one of the lubrication tools leaked grease into the tool bag. Mission specialist Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper was performing exterior maintenance on the International Space Station when the unthinkable occurred, her $100,000 tool bag escaped her reach and floated away towards Earth.
According to NASA, the tool bag does not pose any major threats and has slipped into Earth’s orbit. The 30-pound bag which contains two grease guns, a scraper tool, a large trash bag, and a small debris bag is now one of the more than 8,500 objects classified as “space debris” encircling the globe. Continue reading NASA Loses Their Tool Bag