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#0921: An Astronaut After Our Own Heart

Original Air Date: 05.23.2009

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This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray discover that an old customer of theirs has taken their repair savvy... into space! Apparently, a NASA background check of astronaut John Grunsfeld failed to reveal his connection with Click and Clack. Find out how John used his tutelage under the Magliozzi Brothers to fix the Hubble Telescope. Meanwhile, back here on Earth, Ainsley's Subaru won't start in the rain and AAA's blocking her calls. Can Tom and Ray help her get off the blacklist? Then it's off to Massachusetts, where our hosts find themselves in the middle of (surprise, surprise) a marital dispute. Who's the cheap spouse? Who's safety minded? Inquiring minds want to know. And do "Real Men" drive minivans? Tune in to hear Ray's rant. All that, plus a new puzzler from the Intriguing Mathematics Department, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

You can use 2, 3, 4, and 5 once, along with any math symbol, once. How to do you end up with 26? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

How can you tell which tire is underinflated.. without checking tire pressure, and when they all appear okay? Find out!

Show Open Topic

Tom and Ray point out the tips they gave to shuttle astronaut John Grunsfeld.

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Show Review - 866

by Jan

Just wanted to thank you for the Car Talk stickers you sent me last year They're great, however, people here do not seem to understand your show too much. Maybe it'll change with time. Anyway, KEEP UP the good work Love your show! Good luck to all of you at CAR TALK.

Favorite Moment: It would be the part where you say one of these: "And even the butterflies get back to their cacoons... :))

Show Review - 867

by Jan

Oh, and by "here" I meant Poland..;)

Thanks for the answer, bozo!

by nmanwiller

I also loved the opening. Nothing like a bit of brute force to beat a multi-million dollar telescope into submission. Another note...please do NOT leave the answer to this week's puzzler in the review section. I actually figured this one out, just to find that it was here for everyone to see.

Favorite Moment: Stump the chumps. Enough said.

Answer to the puzzler of May 24, 2009

by anshar

I could not find the location to answer the puzzler (no surprise). My answer to the "use 2,3,4,& 5 in an arithmetic equation, only once each, with no duplication of the process and end up with 26. 5 squared (2) + 4 - 3 = 26 Feel free to call me to schedule the delivery of my million dollars! :) Anshar

Grunsfeld Space News

by jjpotter

Great opening about John Grunsfeld's instructions to Drew Feustel from Lake Orion, Michigan, to tap the bolt to loosten it. You might want to check out Drew's history as a car mechanic and auto restorer back in his native Michigan. He has lots of experience in your line of work, a real kindred soul with click and clack! Check out articles on Detroit Free Press website.Perhaps you could get John and Drew to appear on a show as examples of someone who took someone's advice.

Favorite Moment: The opening story about astronaut tapping a bolt to get it out out.

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