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(National Post)   Canadian astronauts are less like Sulu and Ro and more like Bashir and that smug hologram. Newfoundland Neelix apologizes   (nationalpost.com) divider line
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2022-12-01 7:43:35 PM  
 
2022-12-01 9:44:12 PM  
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"Did someone just say smug?"
 
2022-12-01 10:12:44 PM  

fatassbastard: NewfoundLAND.


Which implies there was an Oldfoundland, or just Foundland, probably somewhere in Holland. And then we lost it, so it's Lostandfoundland now.

If colonists from Newfoundland find a new land elsewheres, they will call it New Newfoundland.
 
2022-12-01 10:22:10 PM  
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/someone call Jon Lovitz
 
2022-12-01 10:23:18 PM  

Ishkur: fatassbastard: NewfoundLAND.

Which implies there was an Oldfoundland, or just Foundland, probably somewhere in Holland. And then we lost it, so it's Lostandfoundland now.

If colonists from Newfoundland find a new land elsewheres, they will call it New Newfoundland.



I think they just call it Wales now.
 
2022-12-01 10:23:50 PM  
Well yeah?  A PhD is more useful than a pilot's license for the majority of tasks expected of an astronaut.
 
2022-12-01 10:48:02 PM  

jacksonic: [Fark user image 425x327]"Did someone just say smug?"


No, smeg.
 
2022-12-01 11:03:15 PM  
The pilot is just a button pusher.

Pull up, push button, turn handle, blah blah blah..

Houston tells them what to do anyway...

The Doctors on the other hand, perform the more mental work.

Most of the shuttle is automated anyway, really don't "need" a pilot/copilot, it's just busy work.
 
2022-12-01 11:39:14 PM  

Ishkur: fatassbastard: NewfoundLAND.

Which implies there was an Oldfoundland, or just Foundland, probably somewhere in Holland. And then we lost it, so it's Lostandfoundland now.

If colonists from Newfoundland find a new land elsewheres, they will call it New Newfoundland.


I was referring to the pronunciation, but sure.
 
2022-12-02 12:34:58 AM  
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Whit Bissell would be the ultimate Canadian astronaut.  He could play both doctor AND pilot.
 
2022-12-02 2:22:53 AM  
The most useful "skill/attribute" for an astronaut would be the ability to withstand agonizingly long periods of boring routine, punctuated by the possibility of having to do high-stress engineering troubleshooting at random intervals. Piloting isn't needed. Critical thinking isn't really needed either. Just quick reflexes... like a bar bouncer.
 
2022-12-02 4:33:29 AM  
About half NASA are pilots these days. In the shuttle era pilots flew less. I mean, it was better to be a mission specialist because you'd get more flights.
 
2022-12-02 6:18:52 AM  

edmo: About half NASA are pilots these days. In the shuttle era pilots flew less. I mean, it was better to be a mission specialist because you'd get more flights.


Half before they become astronauts. All of them become pilots in astronaut training.
 
2022-12-02 7:24:30 AM  
It is easier to teach smart people to fly than to teach pilots to be smart.
 
2022-12-02 11:31:03 AM  

Norfolking Chance: It is easier to teach smart people to fly than to teach pilots to be smart.


Buzz Aldrin was a fighter pilot with a doctorate in aerospace engineering before joining NASA.

/And he took up boxing in his seventies.
 
2022-12-02 10:17:09 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: a doctorate in aerospace engineering before joining NASA.


Not hard to do when there was almost nothing to engineer. What was his project? How to Steal Even More Canadian Patents: From Avro to America?
 
2022-12-03 4:57:25 AM  

Ishkur: fatassbastard: NewfoundLAND.

Which implies there was an Oldfoundland, or just Foundland, probably somewhere in Holland. And then we lost it, so it's Lostandfoundland now.

If colonists from Newfoundland find a new land elsewheres, they will call it New Newfoundland.


yeah, that would be called England.
 
2022-12-03 5:00:56 AM  
which, BTW, used to be joined with Europe.
Tony Robinson told me so therefore it must be true.
 
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