It looks like U.S. astronauts are turning to the tool that works for everything but what it's named after -- duct tape -- to fix problems on the space shuttle Endeavour.

I heard a report on the radio this morning that a pipe under the shuttle's mid-deck had sprung a leak, forcing the crew to use duct tape to patch it.

With NASA's budget cuts in recent years, I wonder if the tape was the contractor-grade stuff used by HVAC companies or the cheap tape available at hardware stores.

The full story on what the crew is up to is here.