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    Skywatchers spot ‘lost’ space tool kit
    Spacewalker’s bag is visible through binoculars, if you know where to look

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    Amateur astronomers have been monitoring a shiny tool bag that has been orbiting Earth ever since it was dropped last week by an astronaut during a spacewalk outside the international space station.

    The bag is reportedly about magnitude 6.4, which under most sky conditions is too faint to see with the naked eye.

    Veteran spacewalker and Endeavour astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper lost her grip on the backpack-sized bag on Nov. 18 while cleaning up a mess from a leaking grease gun she was carrying. The grease was being used to help mop up metal grit from inside a massive gear that turns the space station's starboard solar wings.

    After sunset on Saturday, Edward Light, using 10 x 50 binoculars, spotted the bag in space while he scanned the sky from his backyard in Lakewood, N.J., SpaceWeather.com reported. On the same night, Keven Fetter of Brockville, Ontario, video-recorded the bag as it passed by the star Eta Pisces in the constellation Pisces.
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    In related news, NASA spent 4.5 million dollars on the kit, which included a standard screwdriver, wrench, and three rolls of duct tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlottke View Post
    In related news, NASA spent 4.5 million dollars on the kit, which included a standard screwdriver, wrench, and three rolls of duct tape.
    Close, it was only worth $100,000 - musta been a Versaci bag

    I forgot to post the link, the price was quoted in it.
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    lol, I figured it was something ridiculous like that. I wonder what was in it.

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    "The tool bag weighs about 30 pounds (14 kilograms) and is 20 inches (51 centimeters) wide, about a foot (30 centimeters) high and a hand's-width deep, according to John Ray, STS-126 lead spacewalk officer for the flight.

    The bag contained two grease guns, a scraper tool, a large trash bag and a small debris bag."
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    Glad to see the tax dollars hard at work.. they could have picked the same setup at Menards for about $24.95...

    I'd be interested to know what the 'scraper' tool was, as well as how they differentiate between a debris and trash bag. Obviously this stuff is custom designed for the station, but is this honestly worst $100,000.00?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlottke View Post
    Glad to see the tax dollars hard at work.. they could have picked the same setup at Menards for about $24.95...

    I'd be interested to know what the 'scraper' tool was, as well as how they differentiate between a debris and trash bag. Obviously this stuff is custom designed for the station, but is this honestly worst $100,000.00?
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