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(CBC)   Farker's father going to become the first Canadian to command the space station. As there is no proud tag, cool will have to suffice   (cbc.ca ) divider line
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2010-09-02 07:32:30 PM  

way2slo: In my book, Astronauts deserve hero


As do I, but I felt that would be a bit pompous.
 
2010-09-02 07:32:50 PM  
We're gonna have to stack a lot of moose to get him up so high...

/congrats!
 
2010-09-02 07:34:01 PM  

haddie: Of course. But it isn't the first I've heard of it, nor the first time he's gone into space. Don't get me wrong -- I am extremely proud of him for this and everything else he's accomplished, but keep in mind that I grew up with it. To me, it is just dad being dad.


Is your father allowed to bring stuff with him to the ISS?

Specifically a wishlist we could all chip in for to bribe him to post?

A user's manual for fighting aliens or hoaxing moon landings or something?

Phil Plait has an account here, him and your dad could run train on Science!, because that would be awesome.
 
2010-09-02 07:34:57 PM  
haddie: If you have an earnest question about the space program, it is his passion, and I'd be happy to filter an answer back to you as I get it.

Thanks, but why have a middleman? Provided he has the time and inclination, he could submit a thread at some point. He'd just need to be able to filter out the BS.
 
2010-09-02 07:35:21 PM  

way2slo: In my book, Astronauts deserve img1.fark.net


Seconded. Congrats to you and your dad, subby!
 
2010-09-02 07:35:35 PM  

WTFDYW 2010-09-02 07:19:29 PM
We will need a birth certificate to be sure he's legit though ;)


you are an idiot.

grats subby, please out yourself! id throw in a month of crappy TF also, just so your pops could poast from space!
 
2010-09-02 07:35:44 PM  
The mission patch:

3.bp.blogspot.com


/Hotter than an Estes D-3
 
2010-09-02 07:36:04 PM  
That's beyond cool.
 
2010-09-02 07:36:13 PM  

Dr. Mojo PhD:
Is your father allowed to bring stuff with him to the ISS?


Extremely, extremely limited items, yes.

On his first flight (to Mir), he brought a picture I drew of Marvin the Martian. (I was young -- cut me some slack.) I'm pretty sure on the second one he brought up a tie clip. Of course, now it is too precious to actually wear. C'est la vie.
 
2010-09-02 07:36:16 PM  
Congrats, subby.

Nonetheless, I still wonder what Bob and Doug Mackenzie woulda said on their show.
 
2010-09-02 07:36:35 PM  
Ah Chris Hadfield, the pride of Sarnia.

He still does not make up for Kerry Fraser, the shame of Sarnia. I know apologies don't really make up for it but we're still really sorry about him guys
 
2010-09-02 07:36:50 PM  
You should be proud, congrats to your dad!
 
2010-09-02 07:37:36 PM  
Fitting, since the Space Station, just like Canada, is pointless.
 
2010-09-02 07:37:40 PM  
Canucks ... in ... spaaaaace!!!!!

/Awesome subby, but that's a lot for you to live up to
 
2010-09-02 07:38:05 PM  
www.thelin.net
 
2010-09-02 07:38:29 PM  
Hey haddie, what's the Colonel's Twitter handle anyway? Can't seem to find him...
 
2010-09-02 07:38:54 PM  

haddie:

I sent him the link to the page, and I'm sure he'll look it over when he has a break. Today has been a very busy day for him, what with the press conferences and all. If you have an earnest question about the space program, it is his passion, and I'd be happy to filter an answer back to you as I get it.


If you dont mind passing this along i would be greatful.

I know your father has worked with both the americans and the russians on the training level to become an astronaught, Including being a director of operations in russia.

My question is, When comparing the american program with the russian program, which to him did he feel prepared the best astronaughts?
 
2010-09-02 07:39:49 PM  

ultraholland: haddie: If you have an earnest question about the space program, it is his passion, and I'd be happy to filter an answer back to you as I get it.

Thanks, but why have a middleman? Provided he has the time and inclination, he could submit a thread at some point. He'd just need to be able to filter out the BS.


Scheduling, mostly. You have to keep in mind that he works more than seventy hours a week on average. His usage of the internet is limited to emails and blackberrying answers to debate questions at dinner.

I will most certainly ask him about doing a question/answer thread, though, if there is interest (and Admins/Mods willing, that is).

But again -- he's a busy man. Now more than ever.
 
2010-09-02 07:39:50 PM  

haddie: Dr. Mojo PhD:
Is your father allowed to bring stuff with him to the ISS?


Extremely, extremely limited items, yes.

On his first flight (to Mir), he brought a picture I drew of Marvin the Martian. (I was young -- cut me some slack.) I'm pretty sure on the second one he brought up a tie clip. Of course, now it is too precious to actually wear. C'est la vie.


Well what would he take as a bribe? One of those entirely ethical "we appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule being awesome so you can send us blurry pictures of the Sahara and describe how you drink recycled pee" bribes, of course.

Inquiring minds want to bribe.
 
2010-09-02 07:40:20 PM  
www.forgetthebox.net
 
2010-09-02 07:40:58 PM  
WHAT!?

You can't let a Canadian run the space station! He'll like, get it all socialisty and covered in poutine.
 
2010-09-02 07:41:33 PM  

Thorndyke Barnhard: Hey haddie, what's the Colonel's Twitter handle anyway? Can't seem to find him...


At the moment, I have him set up as Cmdr_Hadfield.

Apparently somebody else already took his name.
 
2010-09-02 07:42:35 PM  
Coo loo coo coo coo coo coocoo

\or however you spell the Bob and Doug song
 
2010-09-02 07:43:13 PM  

Dr. Mojo PhD: Well what would he take as a bribe?


He's a stern and dedicated public servant, much to my chagrin.
 
2010-09-02 07:43:30 PM  

cmb53208: Congrats, subby.

Nonetheless, I still wonder what Bob and Doug Mackenzie woulda said on their show.


Bob:"Beauty, eh?"
Doug:"Yea, like, when your father takes off, he really takes off, eh?"
Bob:*snort*"Good one, Hosehead!"*snort*
 
2010-09-02 07:43:58 PM  

haddie: Thorndyke Barnhard: Hey haddie, what's the Colonel's Twitter handle anyway? Can't seem to find him...

At the moment, I have him set up as Cmdr_Hadfield.

Apparently somebody else already took his name.


Cheers, yeah there's like 20 people with his name on twitter.
 
2010-09-02 07:45:40 PM  
Poutine for all eh.
 
2010-09-02 07:47:20 PM  
Maybe someone could donate a Guinness bar towel for him to take up. It would be the pride of the Fark museum.

/never got mine
//bastards
 
2010-09-02 07:48:10 PM  

mojo_the_helper_monkey: /Canada has a space program?


I hear it's made up mostly of ladders and tubas.

/seriously, that's wicked cool, subby.
 
2010-09-02 07:49:36 PM  

bodyshots: WTFDYW 2010-09-02 07:19:29 PM
We will need a birth certificate to be sure he's legit though ;)

you are an idiot.

grats subby, please out yourself! id throw in a month of crappy TF also, just so your pops could poast from space!


You don't pick up on the humor clues do you?

/no. didn't think so
 
2010-09-02 07:49:51 PM  
I suggest having this in your headphones while you read this thread.

It works nicely.

(mazel tov to haddie and his dad!)
 
2010-09-02 07:50:07 PM  
Ewww... poutine in space? That's nasty!

J/K. This is actually very, very cool. And I am quite looking forward to the SpaceHockey ;)


poisonedpawn78: My question is, When comparing the american program with the russian program, which to him did he feel prepared the best astronaughts?


Meh. American technology, Russian technology... all made in Taiwan.
 
2010-09-02 07:50:42 PM  
In Canada, do they cal Astronauts, Bumtronauts?


/tee hee
 
2010-09-02 07:50:52 PM  
All our base are belong to him?
 
2010-09-02 07:51:01 PM  
Haddie, thats awesome. Shake his hand for me.
 
2010-09-02 07:51:49 PM  
Very cool!
Congrats to Farker and his Dad.
Have a safe trip dude.

/pics or it didn't happen
 
2010-09-02 07:52:45 PM  

ultraholland: I hope your father develops SPACE DEMENTIA!!


Did you mean SPACE MADNESS?!?

theperfectsilence.com

/People are always coveting my ice cream bar.
 
2010-09-02 07:53:28 PM  
The Astronaut Farker
 
2010-09-02 07:53:47 PM  

The Southern Dandy: In Canada, do they cal Astronauts, Bumtronauts?


/tee hee


No, we have the metric system. We don't know what the fark a bumtronaut is.

We call it an Astronaut with Cheese.

A cosmonaut's a cosmonaut, but we call it "Le Cosmonaut".
 
2010-09-02 07:54:09 PM  

haddie: Dr. Mojo PhD:
Is your father allowed to bring stuff with him to the ISS?


Extremely, extremely limited items, yes.

On his first flight (to Mir), he brought a picture I drew of Marvin the Martian. (I was young -- cut me some slack.) I'm pretty sure on the second one he brought up a tie clip. Of course, now it is too precious to actually wear. C'est la vie.


I smell a perfect opportunity for a Fark charity auction; highest bidder gets his little item lugged into space.
 
2010-09-02 07:54:29 PM  
That is awesome, subby!!!
 
2010-09-02 07:54:32 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: The Astronaut Farker


Perfect.
 
2010-09-02 07:54:54 PM  
Let's hope that the potine recyclers can handle the load!
 
2010-09-02 07:55:43 PM  

haddie: WTFDYW: If his dad gets a fark account and it's verified that it is indeed him, I'll sponser him for a month. Anyone else?

He's not really the internet forum type. Bit busy and whatnot. But 2012/13 is still a ways away yet, and perhaps I can show him that it is a good way to create a bit of interest.

I did have him start a twitter account today to raise his profile. Unlike his last two missions, this one has a bit more of a media blitz to it, and I thought it might be best that people get to hear what he says. (Much like why I made him this Fark thread.) Men like him, doing jobs like he does, deserve more recognition than they get. For those who actually care to hear of his goings on, they are going to be posted here.



So, 1) Congrats to your dad, and 2) condolences to you. Nothing you do in life will ever, ever top your dad. You are set up for a total inferiority complex. :)
 
2010-09-02 07:56:25 PM  
Bring back space bacon, eh?
 
2010-09-02 07:57:05 PM  

haddie: Thorndyke Barnhard: Hey haddie, what's the Colonel's Twitter handle anyway? Can't seem to find him...

At the moment, I have him set up as Cmdr_Hadfield.

Apparently somebody else already took his name.


Wait...so the man who will command the technological marvel that is the ISS needs his kid to manage his twitter feed?
 
2010-09-02 07:57:20 PM  
Oh, and major congrats.
 
2010-09-02 07:58:07 PM  

poisonedpawn78:
My question is, When comparing the american program with the russian program, which to him did he feel prepared the best astronaughts?


I asked him "As you've trained both in JSC and Star City, how would you describe the difference between the training in America versus Russia? What is the difference between the countries and would one be considered a better system? Or was the training so different that it is impossible to compare?"

I assume it was the sentiments you were trying to convey. I'm not sure how busy he is today (I expect "too busy", though), so I can't promise a return on that note anytime soon.

(Especially since I live in Europe and it is 2 a.m.)
 
2010-09-02 07:59:00 PM  

Staffist: Congratulations Commander of north North American US Americans!


Better.
 
2010-09-02 07:59:54 PM  

memilkisyummy: So, 1) Congrats to your dad, and 2) condolences to you. Nothing you do in life will ever, ever top your dad. You are set up for a total inferiority complex. :)


Anyone who doesn't understand the fun of riding coattails doesn't understand that life is meant to be enjoyed, not one-upped.

Life's treated me great. Why ask for anything else? :)
 
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