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Maker
05-17-2009, 01:38 PM
As I was watching coverage of this morning's spacewalk to continue servicing the Hubble, the astronauts ran into a bit of trouble.

A handrail had to be removed in order to mount a plate to do more work.

Of the 4 screws securing the rail, the top 2 were easily removed , as well as one of the bottom screws.

The last screw however was not co-operative. These are socket heads, and the fourth had a stripped out head. Over 2 hours of work yielded no results to speak of.

Alternatives were discussed, and options were weighed.

Then, in true back-yarder fashion, the decision was made to just break the damn thing off! :eek:

This is from NASA, who put men on the moon, and then sent 4 wheel drive cars there to cruise around in. They just broke the damn thing off! :p

I'd feel right at home there! :D

BobWarfield
05-17-2009, 01:50 PM
That's because they didn't bring the vise grips.

Cheers,

BW

Mike Burdick
05-17-2009, 01:52 PM
A handrail had to be removed in order to mount a plate to do more work.... Then, in true back-yard fashion, the decision was made to just break the damn thing off! ...
Whoops! Now OSHA will get involved!

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Maker
05-17-2009, 01:57 PM
That's because they didn't bring the vise grips.

Cheers,

BW
While brainstorming a solution, Houston had the astronauts move to a toolbox for more equipment.

One tool ground control suggested using were visegrips! :D

RancherBill
05-17-2009, 02:19 PM
Whoops! Now OSHA will get involved!

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Is there a falling hazard in a 'weightless' environment? :) :)

Spin Doctor
05-17-2009, 05:56 PM
Sounds like somebody put locktite on instead of anti-sieze :D

rockrat
05-17-2009, 05:57 PM
Whoops! Now OSHA will get involved! Is there a falling hazard in a 'weightless' environment? :) :)

Yea, I wouldnt want to fall back to earth, how bout you? Ouch!

rock~

Davidhcnc
05-17-2009, 06:17 PM
I would have hammered it off...but I am not sure if hammers work in space:confused:
Do they?

Evan
05-17-2009, 06:27 PM
They don't have hammers, they use Manually Operated Inertial Impact Generators. That's why they cost $1400.00 each. During the design phase an engineer suggested they make the MOIIG from Magnesium or Titanium to save weight until a machinist pointed out that inertial impacts are generating by moving masses....

Yes, hammers work in a zero gee environment. The Laws of motion don't change one bit.

The shuttle also carries a set of Crescent Wrenches. Those are made from titanium.

quadrod
05-17-2009, 06:31 PM
Wouldn't you just love to have your very own set of Titanium crescent wrenches and vice grips.

Evan
05-17-2009, 06:45 PM
There is a set scattered somewhere over the central USA. They survive reentry just fine.

Smokedaddy
05-17-2009, 07:45 PM
Wouldn't you just love to have your very own set of Titanium crescent wrenches and vice grips.

Here you go ...

http://www.newmaticsound.com/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=catshow&ref=TT-015&sid=k7816g043wa1yx1x2a7i32i050jqp717

-SD:

lunkenheimer
05-18-2009, 12:04 AM
Are you referring to the recent famously lost toolbag, or Columbia? I forget where the toolbag was thought to have landed (or rather the debris field from it)

Evan
05-18-2009, 12:32 AM
I was referring to Columbia.

andy_b
05-18-2009, 09:43 AM
i wonder what the fine is for having one of those titanium wrenches from Columbia?

andy b.

Evan
05-18-2009, 09:49 AM
Unless there is special legislation regarding that event then there isn't any. It's found property. The correct procedure is to turn it in to the police to hold while they wait for somebody to claim it. You publish a notice in the local newspaper detailing what you have found etc according to local jurisdiction rules. If nobody claims it after a certain amount of time it's yours.

Having said that, if it has the NASA logo on it I suspect you won't be getting it back from the police....

Paul F
05-18-2009, 12:01 PM
There is special legislation involved.

Remains of Columbia, and Challenger, remain NASA property down to the smallest bolt, and there are significant penalties for owning, or trying to sell, either.


Paul F.

Your Old Dog
05-18-2009, 01:01 PM
Is there a falling hazard in a 'weightless' environment? :) :)

Yes but things fall up:rolleyes: I'll get me hat and follow Sir John out!

Your Old Dog
05-18-2009, 01:05 PM
Here you go ...

http://www.newmaticsound.com/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=catshow&ref=TT-015&sid=k7816g043wa1yx1x2a7i32i050jqp717

-SD:

All right, who's going to be the first to own a pair?

Or,

Who's going to be the first to admit it?

loose nut
05-18-2009, 03:18 PM
Whoops! Now OSHA will get involved!

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OSHA whats that Outer Space Harassment Association