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Red-faced over space blunder.

THE astronaut who lost her tool bag on a spacewalk admitted that she made a mistake by not checking to see if the sack was tied down, and said she's still embarrassed over the whole thing.

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn- Piper said it was "very disheartening" to lose her bag full of tools. She was trying to clean up grease that had oozed out of a grease gun in the backpack-size bag, when it and everything in it floated away on Tuesday.

The bag was one of the largest items ever lost by a spacewalking astronaut.

NASA put the price tag of the tool bag at 100,000 US dollars.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 20, 2008
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