D’oh! Ten Goofs in Space
There are some situations even astronauts can't train for.
- By Paul Hoversten
- Air & Space magazine, November 2011
Astronaut Pierre Thuot’s $7 million capture bar (above) failed to latch on to a wayward Intelsat VI satellite on STS-49 in May 1992, setting the stage for one of the most dramatic spacewalks in shuttle history. After Thuot missed on several tries, the crew devised and faxed down to mission control a plan to send three spacewalkers to grab Intelsat by hand and bring it into the cargo bay. The first (and so far only) three-person spacewalk produced an iconic image for the shuttle program.