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Would You Go In The Space Shuttle?  
User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5346 times:

Well? Would you? Say it were for free and you got a 10 day trip up into space. Would you be too afraid the shuttle might get into another disaster? Or would you be one of the ones to make history and be one of the few to make it into space? I don't know if I would. I think it would be fascinating without any gravity and seeing those awesome views of space and the earth. On the other hand, I might be horrified that it would be too unsafe. How about yourself?


The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
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User currently offlineAislepathLight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5337 times:

That is one of the more stupid questions, cause it is the shuttle, and yeah if it got dameged that badly during take off, you and the crew would stay in the space station and wait for a reliable capsule to come from Russia.

Not a good question, but the answer is yes.



"We have slain a large dragon, but we now live in a jungle filled with a bewildering variety of poisonous snakes."
User currently offlineCloudy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5333 times:

NASA estimates the risk of death at about 1/100-200. This sounds low, but is actually very high. The risk of ridding the shuttle is much higher than even that of riding a motorcycle without an helmet. It is higher than that of ultralight flying, or even base jumping. This is not just because of NASA's mistakes in designing the shuttle, it is because of the inherent risks of manned space flight.

I would do it when single, however now that I am married there would be a moral dilemma for me. I believe it is acceptable, even admirable, for people with families depending on them to accept serious risks to accomplish great things. To do so for a thrill, however, is irresponsible pure and simple. I would have to have some sort of critical role in the mission. I just don't see how that could be...so I don't see how I could morally justify going.

But I've slipped up many ways before that were a lot less fun.....so I would be sorely tempted to go. Big time. And ask for forgiveness later  Smile .


User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5319 times:

"NASA estimates the risk of death at about 1/100-200. This sounds low, but is actually very high. The risk of ridding the shuttle is much higher than even that of riding a motorcycle without an helmet. It is higher than that of ultralight flying, or even base jumping. This is not just because of NASA's mistakes in designing the shuttle, it is because of the inherent risks of manned space flight. "

I remember a fact that was trotted out in the wake of Columbia was that if planes had the same safety record as the shuttle, there'd be at least 200 major passenger plane crashes a day..........


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5265 times:

Hell, yes I would. We're all going to die someday anyway, and what better way to go?

User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4682 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5259 times:

Yes, in a heartbeat!

Side-story - one of my team-mates from my time on my college track team is scheduled to go up next year - Tracy Caldwell. Oh the stories I could tell  Wink



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5250 times:
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I'd do it. No hesitation. I'd go to the moon and back if possible.


Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

Absolutely. It is by far the pinnacle of flight, to leave the ground and continue till you're in outer space. The opportunity to represent your country for the betterment of all mankind is awesome. Every time I see the view of earth from he space shuttle I am always in awe.


"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. "



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5234 times:

I'd stow away if I thought I could get away with it.

The only ride I ever turned down was in a test dive of an experimental submersible. I turned it down for two reasons.

1. It would have made me miss going to work that day which would have cost me my job and

2. You had to sit in almost total darkness for several hours. If you had to go during the dive, you had to wet your pants.

The fact that there was NO rescue if it malfunctioned was just too melodramatic to consider. I am very much one of those won't-happen-to-me guys. I expect to die in bed but I still find the courage to climb into one each night. Yeah, I'd go!



Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7957 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5227 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 6):
I'd do it. No hesitation. I'd go to the moon and back if possible.

Exactly. What would I give to spend a day in space or on the moon.



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User currently offlineDa man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5223 times:

Of course I'd do it!
I don't really care about the safety record, because it's a chance to go to space.



War Eagle!
User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7612 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5219 times:

Of course.

It may be 1/200, but that still means that you have 199/200.

Besides, you could get hit by a bus tommorrow. No one knows what the future holds.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13208 posts, RR: 77
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5206 times:

Yes I would, like DL021, I'd like a CEV trip to the Moon more however.

User currently offlineGary2880 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5206 times:

hmmmm.

yas, yas i would, going to die sometime, what more a spectacular way than to be blasted into bits. of course it would be nice if i could get home and make thousands from the great photographic opportunity's up there


User currently offlinePhatAlbert From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 113 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5177 times:

Quoting Gary2880 (Reply 13):
blasted into bits

lol great... i would of course.. i think my nervs would be quit jumpy but after strapped and pretty much screwed being in there i would end up going... to bad nobody that is a member at A.net has been up there... there are alot of better pics from Nasa but oh well..



**Isaac**
User currently offlineGreggerm From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5171 times:

Jinx put Max into space!

I'd LOVE to take a "ride" on it, but like others have said, I'd be hesitant to do so as life marches on. Right now I have no wife or children, but when that time comes, I would have to give much more thought at accepting an offer like that.


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5119 times:

Quoting AislepathLight (Reply 1):
That is one of the more stupid questions, cause it is the shuttle, and yeah if it got dameged that badly during take off, you and the crew would stay in the space station and wait for a reliable capsule to come from Russia.

Well, since the mods won't delete this inflammatory post, I'll be happy to respond to it.

I think it's a VERY good question.

Foam isn't the ONLY risk. If you get blown to bits on liftoff from something else (say a SSME cuts loose and destroys the aft end of the Orbiter) then what's the point of having the ISS as a safe haven?

I think the only thing "stupid" I saw was your demeaning reply to the original question.  sarcastic 

Oh well. That said, if I had something valuable to contribute to the world of science by taking a ride on the Shuttle, I'd go in a heartbeat.



I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5087 times:

Let's see...
Would I go in the space Shuttle? Sure as long as I don't go into space. I am waiting for someone to come up with artificial gravity so I can have a definate up and down.



Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5080 times:

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 16):
if I had something valuable to contribute to the world of science by taking a ride on the Shuttle, I'd go in a heartbeat.

Contribute? I'd go as ballast! Lots of transports need ballast.



Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineChecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1095 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5080 times:

Of course! Somebody has to take a chance.

1) Foam has ALWAYS shed off since the beginning of the program.
2) Just look at what your sitting on.

If we didn't fly, it would be safe, but screw that!

-Check


User currently offlineDeltaDC9 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5049 times:

The year of training would be the longest year of my life, but there would be no hesitation what so ever. Only a few hundred people have ever been in orbit, and that is just something so amazing there is just no question about it.

Manned rockets are dangerous, it is a fact, but I dont think I would be at an unacceptable amount of risk. And if that's how I die, so be it! We all have to die somehow, talk about going out in a blaze of glory....

While the deaths of our astronauts and the Russian cosmonauts saddens me, dying while in pursuit of a dream like space travel or anything else so important to man and important to the individual is not a meaningless death by any measure.

I will take a tile malfunction over a drunk driver crossing the centerline any day.



Dont take life too seriously because you will never get out of it alive - Bugs Bunny
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21637 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5037 times:

I´d go in a heartbeat. I can´t, unfortunately, since my vision is too crappy to get me into the appropriate track to fly the things, but I´d love to be able to.

Quoting DL021 (Reply 6):
I'd go to the moon and back if possible.

Or Mars.

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineMigFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5035 times:

Sure,

I am wstill waiting for the FS2004 add-on...

/M


User currently offlineJamesJimlb From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4584 times:

hey, maybe if an a.netter did it they could get some pics of the interior.


The sky is no longer the limit, but the mere minimum
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4533 times:

I would go any time.

What a wonderful experience this would be!

I would not be afraid of dying, it would not even cross my mind any minute. I guess we have the same risk with any airplane that we fly on.

Unfortunately I am most afraid that they will never ask me up there for free and I can't afford the 20 Million US Dollars for the trip. Sad



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
25 Oroka : Recently there was a report saying that NASA was less than confident about the pressurized fuel tanks for the RCS thrusters in the shuttles. These tan
26 Thorny : Two tanks would have to go at the same time for that to happen. The OMS/RCS oxydizer and fuel are hypergolic, meaning they only ignite when they come
27 Post contains images PC12Fan : That is one of the more stupid responses.... To answer the question, I think I'd be too chicken to do it, but man; the sights, the senses, the experi
28 TazzrassinIDA : I would go. That has always been a closet dream of mine, to fly in the shuttle. When I climb or rappel, I trust the rigging totally. Yes there is a po
29 A320ajm : I would without a doubt. The experience of being in space is the ultimate experoience in my opinion because you can't totally recreate it here on Eart
30 Checksixx : Of course I'd go...there have always been tiles falling off the shuttle at launch...from the first launch to the most current launch. It is normal to
31 DL021 : ummm..... YES!
32 Post contains images Jamesbuk : Hand me the keys and show me the way to the ISS and im gone! Like some have said, we all die somehow, so why not have fun on the route there? Rgds --J
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