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Astronaut loses toolbag in Grease-gun incident

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Published on Nov 18, 2008

While trying to grease-up the Space Station's creaky solar-panel-rotating gears, some grease accidentally squirts into the toolbag, and astronaut Heide Piper loses her bag while trying to clean it up. In case you are wondering what happens if an Astronaut floats away, note the large white backpack on the back of their spacesuits; this is known as the "SAFER" unit and is a jet-powered backpack to allow the astronaut to float back to the station during U.S. spacewalks. To the best of my knowledge, it has never been needed. Russian spacewalks, also conducted at the International Space Station, do not have similar technology, so if any astronaut (including an American) loses their tether and their grip during a Russian spacewalk, their career is probably over.

SEE UPDATED VERSION AT: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u7VSuo0FXQ for more original footage and a closer look at the SAFER.

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