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(Space.com)   Here are the psychological tests NASA uses to weed out unsuitable astronauts   (space.com) divider line 32
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2014-08-12 03:56:58 PM  
Subby, did you read a different article than the one I read? I didn't see any list of specific tests, just "a variety of psychological reasons".

In fact, "Barrett couldn't speak freely" about tests.
 
2014-08-12 04:00:23 PM  
Ftfa: Slack said she couldn't describe the specific exercises, for security reasons.
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Barrett couldn't speak freely about whether the selection process involves giving the applicants stress tests or putting them in challenging situations
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"Sometimes we look at [our international partners] with envy at some of the things they get to do that we don't get to do," Slack said, but did not give any examples.


Wow. I'm actually pretty sure I know less then I did before I started reading the article.
It's like it took information *out* of my brain somehow.
 
2014-08-12 04:36:20 PM  
The gom jabbar, one assumes?
 
2014-08-12 04:39:01 PM  
Have you ever found yourself wearing a diaper to more easily drive across several states to kidnap and torture a romantic rival?
 
2014-08-12 04:42:25 PM  
There's really only one test, and that's when they walk you out to a fenced-off bit of land, put you in front of a Statue of Liberty head partially buried in the ground, and gauge your reaction.
 
2014-08-12 05:04:27 PM  
They are presented with a month of TF. If they're not an alcoholic when the month is up they pass that stage of testing.
 
2014-08-12 05:09:47 PM  

Gig103: Subby, did you read a different article than the one I read? I didn't see any list of specific tests, just "a variety of psychological reasons".

In fact, "Barrett couldn't speak freely" about tests.


TsarTom: Ftfa: Slack said she couldn't describe the specific exercises, for security reasons.
***
Barrett couldn't speak freely about whether the selection process involves giving the applicants stress tests or putting them in challenging situations
***
"Sometimes we look at [our international partners] with envy at some of the things they get to do that we don't get to do," Slack said, but did not give any examples.

Wow. I'm actually pretty sure I know less then I did before I started reading the article.
It's like it took information *out* of my brain somehow.


Pretty sure you guys failed the psych tests.

I, however, didn't RTFA so I'M GOIN' TO SPACE biatchES.
 
2014-08-12 05:18:31 PM  
I thought they put a turtle on its back to see how you respond.
 
2014-08-12 05:19:43 PM  
FTA-"Someone who's easygoing and has good social skills"

I'm calling BS. I thought most astronauts were engineers?
 
2014-08-12 05:26:38 PM  
"Are you queer?" is probably one of the questions.
 
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2014-08-12 05:48:51 PM  
Did someone say weed?
 
2014-08-12 06:05:26 PM  
The last couple lines smacked like dirty recruiter for a dying company. Yeah sure we don't do much now, but we're definitely going to be expanding greatly after our bankruptcy restructuring.


If you really want an astronaut job despite the minute job availability, the United States really isn't where I'd place my hopes, we can't even put people into space any more, and the population really couldn't care less about the pursuit.
 
2014-08-12 06:08:54 PM  
I learned nothing.
 
2014-08-12 07:08:51 PM  

abominare: the population really couldn't care less about the pursuit.


This is really not true.

America is a country held slave by its politicians. What the people want is radically different than what either red or blue suits in DC will give them.

After WWII we were a country united and set things up to work in harmony as a giant war machine against the commies. Everyone had a part to play, every program that stuck it to the commies was funded.

Since the collapse of the USSR, that war machine has begun fighting we the people.
 
2014-08-12 07:10:15 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Have you ever found yourself wearing a diaper to more easily drive across several states to kidnap and torture a romantic rival?


I'm going to have to take the Fifth on that question, your Honor.
 
2014-08-12 07:15:22 PM  
www.genomicon.com

I took the test.  They sent me to this ship.
 
2014-08-12 07:26:28 PM  
I would think that the only test would be:

True or False?
It is acceptable to strap on an adult diaper and drive across the country to kidnap your boyfriend's new girlfriend at the airport.

CSB: When I started at the printing place I used to work at, they were training me and got a job in that they had sent out the door a few weeks before. There should have been no reason to get it back.
I opened the Photoshop file and looked at the layers. It had been a recruiting fair banner for NASA and sure enough, on a lower layer were the crazy astronaut chick and the Commander that was banging her.

Thus was shortly after the story broke, so when they sent the files in, everyone was OK. By the time they'd printed the job, the crazy had leaked out of that woman's head...
 
2014-08-12 08:44:21 PM  
I walked in there, wrote "I am a fish" four hundred times, did a funny little dance and fainted.
 
2014-08-12 10:11:44 PM  
I'm sure one question would be "would you drive cross-country while wearing a diaper so you wouldn't have to stop to confront an ex-lover?"
 
2014-08-12 10:20:56 PM  
NASA, I am disappoint.....

filmjunkee.com
 
2014-08-12 10:31:09 PM  
img.fark.net

Question 1: Are you willing to sit in this thing?

/Answer yes and we know you're crazy.
/But you're our kind of crazy.
 
2014-08-12 11:29:23 PM  
It's your birthday.

Someone gives you a calfskin wallet.

How do you react?
 
2014-08-13 01:37:54 AM  
Bolt subjects into garbage cans suspended by ropes, then spin and swing the cans.  Communicate only by intercom.  Keep them awake for 20 hour days solving differential equations in their heads.   Occasionally have them flip a series of switches in a precise sequence that they know ahead of time does nothing if they get it right, blows them to bits if they get it wrong.  If they have to poop make them perform a 127 item checklist first.  Every now and then hit the can with a baseball bat for no reason.

See who wants to still be an astronaut at the end of the week.
 
2014-08-13 01:42:29 AM  

way south: Question 1: Are you willing to sit in this thing?


For fourteen days, no less. I do not envy Jim Lovell -- first he draws that duty, and then ends up being commander of Apollo 13.
 
2014-08-13 04:38:57 AM  

LograyX: It's your birthday.

Someone gives you a calfskin wallet.

How do you react?


Does it say "Bad Motherf***er" on it?

If not, I would accept it gracefully but continue using what I've got.

/i can haz spaceship now?
 
2014-08-13 05:06:57 AM  

ArkPanda: I thought they put a turtle on its back to see how you respond.


Is that like a tortoise?
 
2014-08-13 10:22:17 AM  
I thought they used this.

www.startrek.com
 
2014-08-13 10:46:53 AM  
This might be a bookmark. Is it? (Y/N)
 
2014-08-13 11:41:17 AM  

Gig103: way south: Question 1: Are you willing to sit in this thing?

For fourteen days, no less. I do not envy Jim Lovell -- first he draws that duty, and then ends up being commander of Apollo 13.


More than a few of the Apollo crews also had Gemini time, and more than a few missions went awry.
If I recall it almost killed Neil armstrong (who was almost killed later by the LLRV test rig, and (notably) was almost killed by an X-15 prior in his career).

This was that magic time at NASA when rockets were developing faster than our understanding of spaceflight.
 
2014-08-13 12:30:48 PM  

way south: More than a few of the Apollo crews also had Gemini time, and more than a few missions went awry.
If I recall it almost killed Neil armstrong (who was almost killed later by the LLRV test rig, and (notably) was almost killed by an X-15 prior in his career).

This was that magic time at NASA when rockets were developing faster than our understanding of spaceflight.


I was just referring to the 14-day period, that's a long time to be up in a small capsule.

Meanwhile, Neil Armstrong also had to abort his Gemini mission after they went into an uncontrolled spin.

I just finished reading A Man on the Moon. Great book that does go into the detail on the Apollo missions, the good and the bad.
 
2014-08-13 05:26:49 PM  

way south: [img.fark.net image 850x569]

Question 1: Are you willing to sit in this thing?

/Answer yes and we know you're crazy.
/But you're our kind of crazy.


How they fit their big brass cahones in there is a mystery to me.
 
2014-08-13 11:44:43 PM  
Seems like you have to be a special kind of sociopath to be an astronaut...maybe THAT is what they are looking for.
 
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