[FPSPACE] NASA's Plan For Mentally Unstable Astronauts In Space
dstdba at post4.tele.dk
Sun Feb 25 02:56:53 EST 2007
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Oberg [mailto:joberg at houston.rr.com]
> Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 9:25 PM
> During missions in 1985 and 1995, shuttle commanders put
> padlocks on the spaceships' hatches as a precaution since
> they didn't know the scientists aboard very well. Some crew
> members, called payload specialists, are picked to fly for
> specific scientific or commercial tasks and do not train as
> extensively with the other astronauts.
The issue goes somewhat wider than put in that article.
For example, a crew marooned or lost in space waiting for the
inevitable may still have communications with Earth intact.
It's not pleasant to imagine the televised revelation of how
some astronaut strongman decides to get the best out of the
remaining time and resources onboard. The advent of mixed
crews may well contribute to the risk of ape-like behaviour,
and it is in this context the Nowak affair is most worrying.
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