Skip to comments.What makes an astronaut crack?
Posted on 02/09/2007 9:24:42 AM PST by Fitzcarraldo
AS A FORMER NASA astronaut training manager responsible for crew training for shuttle missions, I was not entirely surprised by the initial reports of the sad, bizarre case of Lisa Marie Nowak.
This isn't the first case of astronauts having difficulties in their personal lives. Usually, the straying astronaut simply resigns or retires, and everything is hushed up. But being charged with assault, attempted kidnapping and attempted murder is far greater than anything I ever observed or imagined could occur. Perhaps this tragedy will bring some of the agency's long-ignored problems into the open.
First is the tremendous and unnecessary pressures brought to bear on the members of NASA's cloistered astronaut office. This is the division at the Johnson Space Center in Houston where the astronauts work. It is the office that assigns each astronaut his or her job. Since most astronauts are waiting to be put on a mission, these jobs such as working on the shuttle hydraulic system or sitting in on meetings about a new science payload are important, but they're usually no more difficult than the ones accomplished routinely by other NASA engineers and scientists. The difference is the astronauts come under constant scrutiny by their management to determine who will fly and who will not. Some never get assigned to a space mission, yet they are called astronauts as long as they work for NASA.
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I don't think it was crack, it was meth.
I don't know...space suit pants that don't come up high enough to cover it when they bend over?
"What makes an astronaut crack? "
Ouch. That's funny, I don't care who you are!
An ass-teroid ?
Why? They're just astronauts, for cripes' sake, not Trappist monks.
Thank you! That made me laugh out loud!
What made her crack was that bunny-suit photo of Kerry.
Probably got put on SSRIs recently.
Maybe I've missed it on topics about this subject, but I get a chuckle out of my co-workers for coming up with a name for this phenomenon. Like USPS workers "going postal", I call this "going lunar". It works for describing the behavior of some people once a month, as well!
Beatcha! (But I like your tagline!)
a right cheek on one side and a left cheek on the other.
You owe me a new keyboard and monitor!
Sometimes the crack explains itself.
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