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.
NASA has reported that the tool bag is expected to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere next June. Until then, you can track the tool bag’s current position above the Earth here.
Below is a video where you can watch a $100,000 toolbag begin it’s journey towards Earth.