The Toothbrush that Saved the International Space Station


Photo: @Astro_Suni

It's like Apollo 13 all over again! When astronauts Sunita Williams and Akihido Hoshide encountered a "sticky" bolt outside the International Space Station, they realized needed a tool to clean it. Problem was, the nearest hardware store is about 200 miles down ...

What to do if there is no hardware store in the neighborhood and the next supply ship is months away? Build it yourself -- so they attached a simple toothbrush to a metal pole and voila! They were able to clean out the bolt's socket today and finish the job. Shades of Apollo 13 -- when engineers threw parts on a table and brainstormed a solution, which saved the crew.

Link - via Boing Boing


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