. The astronaut who lost her tool bag on a spacewalk admitted Wednesday that she made a mistake by not checking to see if the sack was tied down, and said she's still smarting 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 the tote and everything in it floated away Tuesday.
The bag was one of the largest items ever lost by a spacewalking astronaut.
For a split second, she thought she might be able to grab it and tried to judge how far away it was. Just as quickly, “I thought, no, that would probably just make things worse and the best thing to do would be to just let it go.”
“There's still the psychological thing of knowing that we made a mistake and having to live through that,” she said. “… It was hardest coming back in and having to face everybody else.”
She noted there were three more spacewalks and promised not to repeat the mistake.
“You're not going to see us lose another bag. We're going to double- and triple-check everything from here on out,” she said.
The next spacewalk is today.