Saturday, June 6, 2009

Hubble-fixing tools aren't for sale at Sears just yet

Hubble-fixing tools aren\'t for sale at Sears just yet

Here are some tools you're not likely to find in any garages near you: the tools used by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble telescope.

Instead of a workbench, astronauts have a workstation that mounts to their chests, holding the tools and ensuring that they don't drift off into space. The drills are designed to reduce hand fatigue, and all of the tools have mechanisms that prevent small pieces from floating away once detached. Pretty amazing stuff.

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