D’oh! Ten Goofs in Space
There are some situations even astronauts can't train for.
- By Paul Hoversten
- Air & Space magazine, November 2011
No shuttle payload was more snake-bitten than the Italian-built Tethered Satellite System, designed to study the electrodynamics of a tether in the upper atmosphere. The first time it went into space, in 1992, a protruding bolt kept the tether from going out beyond 840 feet. When reflown on STS-75 in February 1996, the tether, at just short of the full deployment of 12.8 miles, snapped, sending the experiment hurtling off into space.