08 Sep '12, 9pm

Emergency On The International Space Station Solved With Improvised Tools

Emergency On The International Space Station Solved With Improvised Tools

A power emergency on the International Space Station was solved on September 5th by two astronauts using makeshift tools created out of some spare parts and a toothbrush. “Two spacewalking astronauts successfully replaced a vital power unit on the International Space Station today defeating a stubborn bolt that originally delayed the fix with the help of some improvised tools made of spare parts and a toothbrush.” The work was done by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and the Japanese space-walker Akihiko Hoshide, performing their repair during their second spacewalk in less than a week. “The fix-it job in space was actually an extra spacewalk tacked on to their mission after the stuck space station bolt prevented the astronauts from properly installing the power unit, called a main bus switching unit (MBSU), on the outpost’s backbone-like truss last week on Aug. 30.” “The In...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2012/09/08/emergency-on-the-interna...

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