Toothbrush Fixes Space Station Problem

The International Space Station was faced with a malfunctioning electrical unit, and astronauts couldn't screw down a new one because the exterior bolts were covered in debris. Then they got the idea of scrubbing the bolts clean with a toothbrush.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with a story of a stellar MacGyvering. The International Space Station was faced with a malfunctioning electrical unit and couldn't screw down a new one because the exterior bolts were covered in debris. After two astronauts were stuck outside for hours, they hit on an idea - scrub the bolts clean with a toothbrush. It was a thrifty fix for the $100 billion space station and luckily the toothbrush was a spare. It's MORNING EDITION.

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