Evan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5920 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...
AislepathLight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5911 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."
Cloudy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5907 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 .
Scouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3433 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5893 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..........
AGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5811 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. "
American Aviation: From Kitty Hawk to the Moon in 66 years!
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5808 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.
Gary2880 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5780 times:
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
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..
Greggerm From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5745 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.
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4498 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5693 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.
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.
DeltaDC9 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5623 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