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Astronauts end spacewalk marred by lost tool bag

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Two astronauts are back inside the
international space station after a nearly seven-hour spacewalk
that was marred by a lost tool bag.

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (stef-uh-NIHshun PIE-pur) and
Stephen Bowen returned to the space station Tuesday evening
following an unprecedented attempt to clean and lube a gummed-up
joint on a solar panel at the space station.

During the work, Stefanyshyn-Piper accidentally let go of her
tool bag after a grease gun inside it exploded. While wiping off
herself, the white, backpack-size bag slipped out of her grip and
drifted away in space.

It was one of the largest items ever to be lost by a
spacewalker.

Stefanyshyn-Piper and Bowen shared tools for the rest
of the spacewalk.


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