Monday, July 17, 2006

Space spatula

Saw this story from an Australian website (good stories from Australia today). Apparently last week, an astronaut lost a "space spatula" that is now orbiting the earth...
The $2700 spatula drifted out of Sellers's tool kit while he was conducting repair tests outside the shuttle Discovery on Wednesday.

"My spatch has escaped ... it was tethered to me," he reported to ground controllers during his 7hr 11min spacewalk. "It's gone, gone, gone. Nobody's going to find it."
First of all, a $2700 spatch? Where's NASA shopping at these days? They can save a lot of money just by going to the dollar discount store (how much do things cost there anyway?).

In a related story, after Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida this morning, Sellers was overheard saying, "Has anyone seen my car keys?"

10 comments:

Moof said...

This guy sounds like he needs to shop at the discount store ... either that or he needs to tape things to himself.

About the spatch ... did you ever see Independence Day?

President Whitmore: "I don't understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?"

Julius Levinson: "You don't actually think they spend $20,000.00 on a hammer, $30,000.00 on a toilet seat do you?"

No, I don't think they're hiding little green (or gray) men, but they're hiding something ... like where all the money really is going ... 0.o

D.P. said...

:-/

Lea said...

Maybe he should have put the spatch in his apron where it belongs. Now there is a little green man making little green cookies with the US tax payer's spatula!

kt said...

don't they have a bed,bath and beyond for space?

healthpsych said...

Yes, but maybe it was a designer spatula. No self-respecting astronaut expects anything less than Versace or Dolce & Gabana these days.

NeoNurseChic said...

HA! You know how the smartest people (ie. possible rocket scientists) are always the ones with no common sense? Must be this guy... Oh yes they throw billions of dollars away at NASA, but they do oh-so-cool things! I want to fly to the moon...apparently GWB said we're going back...and that's the only thing he's ever said that I agree with! (well, maybe...)

"Fly me to the moon...." Carrie :)

QualicumRN said...

First, thanks for checking out my site....having connected with yours is great as now I have connections with other health care professionals and we can all smile and giggle together....cause if we didn't I truly believe we would cry....now about that spatula....my goodness....think most of the above comments have covered the bases....things that make you go HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.......
Have a grand day.....Cheers....

QualicumRN said...

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Pattie said...

Gee, I hope his keys aren't out there in space with that gold and diamond studded spatula *Haha*

jumpinginpuddles said...

us aussies supply the best stories dont we :D