The usefulness of a toothbrush...

10 September 2012

space station

A pair of spacewalking astronauts cleaned, greased and finally coaxed a jammed bolt into position on Wednesday restoring the International Space Station's power system.

The astronauts had been able to remove a faulty part, but were unable to bolt a replacement into position.

While engineers at NASA's Space Centre in Houston mulled over repair options, the astronauts spent their weekend in space fashioning tools to clean the bolt and it's parts of metal shavings and other debris believed to be causing the problem.

The homemade tools included a wire brush formed from spare cable and another fashioned from a toothbrush!!

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