In desperation, the token cosmonaut tosses the token lady astronaut aside and whales on the ship's electrical system with a big-ass wrench. And it works, because this is a movie, and beating the ever-loving shit out of your problems is how you fix stuff in movies.
But in real life, that only works, like, half the time.
The Real-Life Counterpart:
OK, time to come clean: We completely misled you on this one. It wasn't a Russian; it was a fellow American. Also, he didn't beat on sensitive equipment with a wrench, because that would be completely ludicrous.
He used a hammer.
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
A space hammer!
To relay this story, we must return once again to the first manned mission to Skylab and, in his second appearance on this list (we'll leave it to you to decide if that's a good thing), astronaut Pete Conrad. Even after completing their immeasurably ballsy repairs to the station's solar arrays, a seized electrical relay threatened to render the crew's 28-day mission a bust. So Conrad once again ventured out onto the surface of Skylab and, acting on advice from mission control, went straight to town on that relay with a hammer.
"Boy, is he hitting it!" fellow crewmember Paul Weitz laughed, because laughter is the best medicine to fend off trauma-induced insanity. But as crazy as it sounds, it worked: Power to the station was restored, and the very first mission to America's very first space station could resume as planned.
And you're not even going to believe this, but that wasn't the first time Conrad had released his inner Thor in space. Four years earlier, after landing Apollo 12 on the moon, Conrad and co. were having difficulty with the electric generator used to power their experiments. See, the generator's fuel element -- a little thing known as fucking plutonium -- had gotten stuck in its cask, a well-shielded cask designed to protect the crew from fucking nuclear radiation. So Conrad repeatedly whacked the cask with a hammer until the (again, radioactive) fuel element worked its way out.
"Never come to the moon without a hammer," he said, and we'll need to remember to revise that saying when it comes time to launch a mission to Mars.
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