Skip to comments.Inebriated Astronauts - No Problem! NASA has outlived it's usefulness anyway
Posted on 07/28/2007 9:31:06 AM PDT by MrArbitrage123
I think NASA is becoming less relevant with every year anyway.
You are irrelevant. NASA lives on.
I don’t blame the astronauts. Launch is a very stressful period and even if they are sober, there is absolutely nothing for them to do until the shuttle is safely in orbit.
“I think NASA is becoming less relevant with every year anyway.”
if you mean to the rooskies and chinese, I’d agree.
I worked there and never saw anyone drunk at any time. But at night at the Mouse Trap it was a little different.
Why they need four flight hours per week in a T-38 is beyond me. Riding a spacecraft is nothing like flying an aircraft, but we have over 100 aviators on the active roster to crew three remaining shuttles.
Yeah, when I get on a plane I feel better when I see tipsy pilots who aren't too stressed out.
and even if they are sober, there is absolutely nothing for them to do until the shuttle is safely in orbit.
Sure. And the launch will sober them up pretty good. Nothing wrong with hung-over astronauts puking into the electronics.
Since there are no real allegations, I believe what you say. The youtube video post #1 directs us to is nothing more than a keith olbermann infatuated adolescent wannabe all alone plating grandiosity in his room with his webcam.......now THATS relevance, yes?
(disclaimer....I made it thru the screenplay as far as the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers commercial, then quit)
No kidding. This sounds like overzealous hype about things that probably went on in the 60’s and 70’s. Meanwhile, news about sabotage is awfully quiet.
If you’ve ever read Chuck Yeager’s autobiography you’ll get the impression that he and those around him flew experimental aircraft while they were half lit all the time. When he broke the sound barrier he was flying with a broken rib he didn’t tell his superiors about. He had gotten drunk the night before and fell off a horse or something similar.
Now if the Mission Control guys were drinking, that’s a whole other kettle of fish.
“I think NASA is becoming less relevant with every year anyway.”
..after the Moon Missions it began to lose it’s popularity with the public....however, it’s a huge employer and thus hard to scale back...the only thing I want out of NASA is to orbit a death ray over China and Russia....I don’t see any cost benefit in going to Mars.
Every time I watch a commercial for a bed, NASA’s name comes up
What mission put the shuttle on a westward trajectory over central florida??? The Atlantic is to the East.
While the Treaty exists, NASA remains the only actor in space development.
OK, I am sitting on top of 1,000,000 pounds of high explosives and I am about to be hurled at several thousand miles per hour into an environment that lacks all the things I need to survive. It might be the last time I see my family, friends and colleagues. I have been living on the edge for the last 8 years, training my mind and body to deal with this.
I don’t think a shot of Jack and a Bud is going to kill me. Especially since all I have to do is sit there and pray for the first few hours while my body is torn apart from the g-force.
Please don't answer that.
I went through the museum area NASA has set up in Houston a few years ago. All I can say is that you'd have to get me passing out drunk to get me in one of those cramped capsules. I'm not sure I could stand it for more than a few hours, let alone days. Very small and tight.
yep. So typical of the feminization of the times we live in. How many incidents did they mention - what two? So what? Why is this even a story? Next they will be reporting on sailors in nuke subs that .... shock ... came back to their sub drunk from shore leave. They may even report on Bill Clinton getting a BJ while conducting foreign policy ... on the other hand perhaps not.
Like what? the U.S. Military. Every big institution is beauracratic. Comes with the territory. NASA is doing a core function only government can do and while nothing is perfect NASA is a great example of American know-how and can-do attitude. They deserve our respect. So I dismiss the scoffers.
Just for a little perspective, let’s not forget that dogs and monkeys have flown into space.
In 1968, I watched “2001-A Space Odyssey” looking forward to the day I could sit by the pool of a Hilton orbiting in space, looking at the Earth through the jet age plastic dome roof, having got there on the Pan Am Space Clipper.
Ah, the dreams of youth!
Times must have changed: I was stationed on two airbases during my tour in Germany, and I spent a fair amount of time at the Officers Clubs there. I never saw a pilot take a sip of adult beverages.
Off, damned sarcasm, off!
NASA is one of the few relevant things our government funds.
Ya think that ANYONE would climb into a big, movable BOMB's nosecone and NOT be drunk to do it!?
Actually; the LAUNCH g force is much less than the re-entry.
But; wouldja rather be blown to bits going up, or crispy crittered coming down?
With Space Food Sticks to soak it all up.
All the more reason to stick with robots—who don’t have to come home.
Like my grandfather always said. He only drank once in his life....from 1944 to 1947.
Well, I don’t know about the shuttle but I would have had to be drunk to even sit on top of a Saturn V. I got to go up on the Mobile Launcher tower and look down on Apollo 12 while it was setting on the pad. You are a long way up and the wind is blowing. Just sitting there after the Mobile Service Structure has been moved away, with only the sheer bolts holding you up, would be scary enough but when the engines fired it must have been terrifying. There were escape cables running from the Mobile Launcher tower to the ground about a quarter mile away from the pad. I cant imagine someone actually sliding down those things. The starting point for the slide must be about 400 feet above the end point.
Somebody must have tried those once or twice to see if they would work. If the cable brake failed you would be doing about 100 mph at the bottom. Not quite freefall terminal velocity.
Optical illusion. Missions to the ISS actually go Northeast.
How many times have congressmen been drunk while in session?
Maybe you should avoid video recording yourself while drunk too. :)
That has always been my understanding.
It is clear that JFK was under the influence of prescription pain killers while he was running the country, no transfer of power during his medical treatments. Additionally there are those who claim to have smoked pot and done LSD with JFK. A woman who made those claims was later killed.
“...there is absolutely nothing for them to do until the shuttle is safely in orbit.”
Really, absolutely nothing? How would you know that?
For instance, when mission control directs the pilot to adjust the thrust down on the main engines to compensate for max Q, then to proceed with throttle up after passing through max Q, he’s actually using what, a trained monkey?
I drink a bottle of airline wine if there’s too much turbulence.
I wouldn’t get on the shuttle without at least 5 martinis and a canister of nitrous oxide.
Nasa hasnt done a damn thing to make our lives better, I would ask the same question on the CIA too.
That's why I said I couldn't imagine anyone actually using them. Besides that, the astronauts would have had to get out of the Apollo capsule and somehow get over to the cables with their suit on. However, the guys who worked there at the pad told me that the man that designed those escape cables did slid down them so it could be done.
hey, they are pilots! They have to keep in practice, irrespective of spaceflight.
Well actually there two monkeys trained to do pre orbital maneuvering. One is the active and the other a back up. After they have dutifully served their purpose and the shuttle has reached "cruising altitude", the cargo bay door is opened and they are ejected into space.
“Absolutely. Just what have they accomplished in the last 30 years of spending ~$15 billion a year?”
I agree. This money would be better spent on carbon offsets. Though I have read somewhere( I think NY Times) that scientists think that Zoya Grass will grow on any planet that we find that has water.
It is my understanding that if such a planet is found, if we send the grass there, scientists think it will only take about 2 generations for the grass to take over the planet and only a couple of hundred years for it to be habitable.