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Inebriated Astronauts - No Problem! NASA has outlived it's usefulness anyway
http://youtube.com/watch?v=EuGpfT308zY ^ | 7-28-07 | MrArbitrage123

Posted on 07/28/2007 9:31:06 AM PDT by MrArbitrage123

http://youtube.com/watch?v=EuGpfT308zY

I think NASA is becoming less relevant with every year anyway.


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1 posted on 07/28/2007 9:31:09 AM PDT by MrArbitrage123
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To: MrArbitrage123

You are irrelevant. NASA lives on.


2 posted on 07/28/2007 9:33:55 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: MrArbitrage123

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.


3 posted on 07/28/2007 9:36:37 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: MrArbitrage123

“I think NASA is becoming less relevant with every year anyway.”

if you mean to the rooskies and chinese, I’d agree.


4 posted on 07/28/2007 9:38:03 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: plain talk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qWWgvzWHUs


5 posted on 07/28/2007 9:38:58 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: MrArbitrage123

I worked there and never saw anyone drunk at any time. But at night at the Mouse Trap it was a little different.


6 posted on 07/28/2007 9:42:44 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (LayteGulfBeachClub)
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To: MrArbitrage123
Astronauts don't "fly", they "ride", contrary to popular misconception encouraged by NASA.

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.

7 posted on 07/28/2007 9:43:50 AM PDT by Spirochete
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To: MrArbitrage123
I think NASA is becoming less relevant with every year anyway.
Absolutely. Just what have they accomplished in the last 30 years of spending ~$15 billion a year?
8 posted on 07/28/2007 9:47:55 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
Launch is a very stressful period

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.

9 posted on 07/28/2007 9:49:57 AM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: ANGGAPO

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)


10 posted on 07/28/2007 9:52:50 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: plain talk

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.


11 posted on 07/28/2007 9:53:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

Now if the Mission Control guys were drinking, that’s a whole other kettle of fish.


12 posted on 07/28/2007 9:55:41 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: MrArbitrage123

Tang-over?


13 posted on 07/28/2007 9:57:09 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: MrArbitrage123

“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.


14 posted on 07/28/2007 10:08:26 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: STONEWALLS
I don’t see any cost benefit in going to Mars.

Like most areas of pure research, it is hard to say. The only thing that is fairly certain is that if we want to understand more about our own solar system and its history, that is a good place to start.
15 posted on 07/28/2007 10:15:20 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: STONEWALLS

NASA irrelevant???????

Every time I watch a commercial for a bed, NASA’s name comes up


16 posted on 07/28/2007 10:26:32 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

What mission put the shuttle on a westward trajectory over central florida??? The Atlantic is to the East.


17 posted on 07/28/2007 10:26:55 AM PDT by fso301
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To: MrArbitrage123
NASA is becoming less relevant with every year

While the Treaty exists, NASA remains the only actor in space development.

18 posted on 07/28/2007 10:29:25 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

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.


19 posted on 07/28/2007 10:29:26 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The Democrat Party: "Everyone is equal, but some are more equal then others.")
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To: MrArbitrage123
NASA is a government program. What could possibly be wrong?

Please don't answer that.

20 posted on 07/28/2007 10:32:43 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: cripplecreek
"This sounds like overzealous hype about things that probably went on in the 60’s and 70’s."

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.

21 posted on 07/28/2007 10:41:03 AM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: plain talk
You are irrelevant. NASA lives on.<

Just like all the other Frankenstein Bureaucracies of the Federal Government.
22 posted on 07/28/2007 11:07:05 AM PDT by Kozak
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To: cripplecreek

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.


23 posted on 07/28/2007 11:07:24 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Kozak
Why is this even a story?

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.

24 posted on 07/28/2007 11:22:08 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: plain talk

Just for a little perspective, let’s not forget that dogs and monkeys have flown into space.


25 posted on 07/28/2007 11:22:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: MrArbitrage123

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!


26 posted on 07/28/2007 11:27:03 AM PDT by exit82 (I have a gut feeling: Michael Chertoff is a jerk.)
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To: cripplecreek
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.

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!

27 posted on 07/28/2007 11:29:47 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Chuck Hagel makes Joe Biden look like a statesman!)
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To: MrArbitrage123

NASA is one of the few relevant things our government funds.


28 posted on 07/28/2007 11:31:12 AM PDT by counterpunch ("The Democrats are the party of slavery." - Cindy Sheehan)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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.

Ya think that ANYONE would climb into a big, movable BOMB's nosecone and NOT be drunk to do it!?

29 posted on 07/28/2007 11:46:59 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
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.

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?

30 posted on 07/28/2007 11:51:03 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: vietvet67

With Space Food Sticks to soak it all up.


31 posted on 07/28/2007 11:52:13 AM PDT by printhead
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To: MrArbitrage123

All the more reason to stick with robots—who don’t have to come home.


32 posted on 07/28/2007 11:59:07 AM PDT by Mamzelle (Down with Mel Martinez)
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To: Night Hides Not

Like my grandfather always said. He only drank once in his life....from 1944 to 1947.


33 posted on 07/28/2007 12:01:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: MrArbitrage123

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 can’t imagine someone actually sliding down those things. The starting point for the slide must be about 400 feet above the end point.


34 posted on 07/28/2007 12:06:36 PM PDT by fewz (I prefer to get my fear from professional fear-mongers not government officials with a bellyache.)
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There were escape cables running from the Mobile Launcher tower to the ground about a quarter mile away from the pad.

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.

35 posted on 07/28/2007 12:14:39 PM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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...What mission put the shuttle on a westward trajectory over central florida??? The Atlantic is to the East....

Optical illusion. Missions to the ISS actually go Northeast.

36 posted on 07/28/2007 12:19:43 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Boomchakalakalaka Boomchakalakalaka)
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To: MrArbitrage123

How many times have congressmen been drunk while in session?


37 posted on 07/28/2007 12:33:26 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: MrArbitrage123

Maybe you should avoid video recording yourself while drunk too. :)


38 posted on 07/28/2007 12:36:55 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: FReepaholic
Missions to the ISS actually go Northeast.

That has always been my understanding.

39 posted on 07/28/2007 12:40:02 PM PDT by fso301
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To: cripplecreek
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.

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.

40 posted on 07/28/2007 12:40:16 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

“...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?


41 posted on 07/28/2007 12:50:04 PM PDT by Hazwaste (Now with added lemony freshness!)
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To: MrArbitrage123

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.


42 posted on 07/28/2007 12:52:37 PM PDT by Hazwaste (Now with added lemony freshness!)
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To: oh8eleven

Nasa hasnt done a damn thing to make our lives better, I would ask the same question on the CIA too.


43 posted on 07/28/2007 12:55:04 PM PDT by omega4179 (is it Global war against global Jihad yet?)
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To: RightWhale
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.

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.

44 posted on 07/28/2007 1:02:38 PM PDT by fewz (I prefer to get my fear from professional fear-mongers not government officials with a bellyache.)
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To: Spirochete

hey, they are pilots! They have to keep in practice, irrespective of spaceflight.


45 posted on 07/28/2007 1:18:24 PM PDT by expatpat
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46 posted on 07/28/2007 1:20:04 PM PDT by RedWhiteBlue
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To: Hazwaste
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?

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.

47 posted on 07/28/2007 2:02:00 PM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: omega4179
Nasa hasnt done a damn thing to make our lives better, I would ask the same question on the CIA too.
I can't fault the CIA, we have no idea how many times they have saved us. But NASA is a bust in my opinion.
48 posted on 07/28/2007 2:21:38 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

“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.


49 posted on 07/28/2007 2:31:15 PM PDT by thegreatmalcolmx (I came to love white people. At least that is what I was taught in my black history class.)
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To: thegreatmalcolmx
Surely you jest.

50 posted on 07/28/2007 2:52:24 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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