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(NASA)   Meet NASA's ten newest astronauts, the men and women who will orbit the Earth, walk on the moon, and punch Bart Sibrel   (nasa.gov) divider line
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2021-12-06 9:04:49 PM  
Ah, Bart Sibrel: the man who taught us not to fark with Space Grampa.
 
2021-12-07 2:21:14 AM  
I sort of expect space travel to become about small people. Less of a load to space, smaller calorie requirements, etc. I expect a sexual dimorphism to come about in fields like aircraft pilots and support crew. Brutes move stuff, but you need smart and delicate hands to do things like move controls or repair electronics.
 
2021-12-07 2:43:56 AM  
Pretty impressive resumes
 
2021-12-07 7:37:10 AM  

wildcardjack: I sort of expect space travel to become about small people. Less of a load to space, smaller calorie requirements, etc. I expect a sexual dimorphism to come about in fields like aircraft pilots and support crew. Brutes move stuff, but you need smart and delicate hands to do things like move controls or repair electronics.


The first astronaut class had a height limit because tall people could not get into a Mercury capsule.
 
2021-12-07 7:46:05 AM  

homeless_need_help: Ah, Bart Sibrel: the man who taught us not to fark with Space Grampa.


The guy drives a taxi now. His cab is Christmas themed all year long.

Also Al Bean once kicked him in the ass, John Young threatened to beat him up, and Neil Armstrong told him that knowing him the Bible (that he wanted him to swear on) was fake.
 
2021-12-07 10:16:19 AM  
All named Max Peck.
 
2021-12-07 10:43:02 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: wildcardjack: I sort of expect space travel to become about small people. Less of a load to space, smaller calorie requirements, etc. I expect a sexual dimorphism to come about in fields like aircraft pilots and support crew. Brutes move stuff, but you need smart and delicate hands to do things like move controls or repair electronics.

The first astronaut class had a height limit because tall people could not get into a Mercury capsule.


Why not just get amputees? They don't take up as much room and your legs are only used to push off surfaces.
 
2021-12-07 3:49:33 PM  

Slypork: TheMysteriousStranger: wildcardjack: I sort of expect space travel to become about small people. Less of a load to space, smaller calorie requirements, etc. I expect a sexual dimorphism to come about in fields like aircraft pilots and support crew. Brutes move stuff, but you need smart and delicate hands to do things like move controls or repair electronics.

The first astronaut class had a height limit because tall people could not get into a Mercury capsule.

Why not just get amputees? They don't take up as much room and your legs are only used to push off surfaces.


I don't think the military allowed amputees in active service. Mercury astronauts had to be active duty military, be pilots with at least 1500 hours flying time, be jet pilots, have passed test pilot school, and have at least some college if memory serves.  They dropped the military requirement for the second class which allowed Armstrong to be the first civilian astronaut in NASA. They also outright required a technical undergraduate degree. The third class dropped the test pilot requirement allowing Buzz in. The first non pilots allowed in was the class of scientist astronauts though they immediately got to learn how to fly a jet airplane. These days it is advanced technical degree (usually a doctorate) or test pilot status.
 
2021-12-07 4:34:57 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: Slypork: TheMysteriousStranger: wildcardjack: I sort of expect space travel to become about small people. Less of a load to space, smaller calorie requirements, etc. I expect a sexual dimorphism to come about in fields like aircraft pilots and support crew. Brutes move stuff, but you need smart and delicate hands to do things like move controls or repair electronics.

The first astronaut class had a height limit because tall people could not get into a Mercury capsule.

Why not just get amputees? They don't take up as much room and your legs are only used to push off surfaces.

I don't think the military allowed amputees in active service. Mercury astronauts had to be active duty military, be pilots with at least 1500 hours flying time, be jet pilots, have passed test pilot school, and have at least some college if memory serves.  They dropped the military requirement for the second class which allowed Armstrong to be the first civilian astronaut in NASA. They also outright required a technical undergraduate degree. The third class dropped the test pilot requirement allowing Buzz in. The first non pilots allowed in was the class of scientist astronauts though they immediately got to learn how to fly a jet airplane. These days it is advanced technical degree (usually a doctorate) or test pilot status.


So why not start allowing amputees in the astronaut corps?
 
2021-12-07 7:28:07 PM  

Slypork: TheMysteriousStranger: Slypork: TheMysteriousStranger: wildcardjack: I sort of expect space travel to become about small people. Less of a load to space, smaller calorie requirements, etc. I expect a sexual dimorphism to come about in fields like aircraft pilots and support crew. Brutes move stuff, but you need smart and delicate hands to do things like move controls or repair electronics.

The first astronaut class had a height limit because tall people could not get into a Mercury capsule.

Why not just get amputees? They don't take up as much room and your legs are only used to push off surfaces.

I don't think the military allowed amputees in active service. Mercury astronauts had to be active duty military, be pilots with at least 1500 hours flying time, be jet pilots, have passed test pilot school, and have at least some college if memory serves.  They dropped the military requirement for the second class which allowed Armstrong to be the first civilian astronaut in NASA. They also outright required a technical undergraduate degree. The third class dropped the test pilot requirement allowing Buzz in. The first non pilots allowed in was the class of scientist astronauts though they immediately got to learn how to fly a jet airplane. These days it is advanced technical degree (usually a doctorate) or test pilot status.

So why not start allowing amputees in the astronaut corps?


The main difficulty will be that astronaut training and the vast majority of what they do is on Earth.  How the fitness requirements are written is probably going to be another.

But it is a matter of time as once in orbit assuming they don't have to walk on the Moon or go on an EVA, the disadvantages they have on Earth mostly go away. Sadly the advantage of fitting into a Mercury capsule is long been moot.
 
2021-12-08 9:05:57 AM  

johnny_vegas: Pretty impressive resumes


Jonny Kim in the 2017 class pretty much ruined it for any low-achieving types, what with the whole being a Navy SEAL, then graduating from Harvard Medical School, then becoming an astronaut.  Even this group of ten have, between them, something like 14 advanced degrees.  Heck, one of them has fiveengineering degrees.

Why can't we put smart people like this in Congress, and stick Gohmert, Boebert, Gaetz, Greene, Gosar and the rest of 'em on top of the giant firework?
 
2021-12-08 12:18:59 PM  
My wife was fairly disappointed. She thought the honesty in her essay about how she gets easily motion sick would have won them over.

Now instead of a "astronaut candidate," she can only say she is a "former astronaut candidate."

/She really did apply
//Had to create a government employment profile to apply for a job at the CDC and met the education requirements for the astronaut program, so why not?
 
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