RedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4494 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3071 times:
From a more scientific perspective, I suspect NASA is monitoring this event very closely and analyzing it to death (no pun intended) in order to prepare for similar events in the future. This is one of the situations that future astronauts and NASA will have to prepare for when conducting deep space missions to Mars or even long endurance missions to the Moon. Tani is fortunate in that he's relatively close and can bring final closure upon his return in several weeks. A future space traveler may receive tragic news like this on the outbound trip and he/she will have to deal with the gamut of emotions during the remainder -- and majority -- of the mission. Tani was fortunate in the sense that his mother was advanced in years and he was probably prepared for such an eventuality during his mission, albeit not via a collision with a train. A future space traveler might have to deal with such a tragedy with someone not expected to die suddenly, such as a spouse or child.