Hmm, I'm right in the middle of their age group and I'm firmly stuck on Earth. Dealing with the oh so exciting world of change management and upgrade roll outs.
Where was 'Astronaut' on the list from my Careers Advisor?
NASA has picked four women and four men for its latest batch of trainee astronauts - and that's the highest percentage of female space rookies ever selected for one class. International Space Station International Space Station ... potential new digs for plucky cosmic wanderers The students - one of whom is the first woman …
Right! My advisor never mentioned the f'ing International Space University for my post grad studies. I got Stevens Institute of Technology which I was happy with until just now.
That could have changed my whole young adult life. You know, hanging out at the pub in France and a girl asks where you're going to school; could've said "International Space University baby [cheesy pickup line here]". Instead I'm hanging out in a NYC pub, girl asks the same question; I have to say "Hoboken, f'ing Hoboken, wanna come back to my place and count insane hobos?" That rarely went any where.
>Astronauts used to be the pick of the bunch, the right stuff,
50% of them are still fighter pilots.
So if the ISS ever needs to skim along a trench into the death star before firing into it's unshielded exhaust port.....
That's why space is cooler than high energy physics. If CERN only picked special forces commandos to work on the LHC it would be as cool as the ISS - and produce as much science
Watch your back my friend, never ever joke about equality on here, there are too many wishy washy liberal lefty sandal wearing bearded tree huggers on here.
Rest assured that you will only encounter downvotes between the hours of 10.30am-3.30pm because that's when the Politically Correct Public Servants are at their desks surfing the web.
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There was actually a British Space program in the early 1950's, they even built a rocket but a left wing labour Government cancelled it, just like all the other good stuff. Chuck Yeager wouldn't have been the first to break the sound barrier if it hadn't been for the Labour Party.
"There was actually a British Space program in the early 1950's..."
Well, as someone who was around at the time and who was such a life-long space nut he eagerly snapped up any and all reports of the British Space Effort (including increasingly rare film of the events as they happened), I'd like to point out that my memory is that 100% of the launches either lit up the sky and anything else unfortunate enough to be inside the radius of the fireball or lifted off triumphantly only to retask themselves as missions to the Earth's Core a few seconds later.
Woomera, home to the most expensive lawn darts the world has seen.
Also: Unnecessary apostrophe and too many commas, all in the wrong places.
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Congratulations to the new astronauts and hopefully they have "The Right Stuff." The most disappointing part was the line about NASA flying US made spacecrafts, designed by US companies, and shot form US soil. NASA should still be flying its own spacecraft and should have had a successor to the Space Shuttle by now. Congres and the President kept changing the funding and priorities over the years so now the US has to fly on Russian or Private Spacecraft. NASA needs to develop its own again. To bad to lose US Space leadership.
> NASA needs to develop its own again. To bad to lose US Space leadership.
They are trying:
Step 1, hyperinflation in Germany
Step 2, rise of a far right party
Step 3, World war
Step 4, develop new weapons
Step 5, pinch enemy scientists that developed those weapons.
It is spacecraft, not spacecrafts. The ESA guy said spacecrafts a few weeks ago and afterward we all learned that if it is referring to a vehicle for space travel, singular or plural, it is a spacecraft. Whereas knitting or scrapbooking in space are spacecrafts.
There should be more women in space. Since the average woman weigh significantly less than the average man, it makes much more logical sense to send a female astronaut than a male, unless there are tasks that physically a fit woman cannot do. They will also use less food and oxygen than your typical "Right Stuff" candidate.
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Don't know about your neck of the woods (India? China maybe?) but around here (UK) most women in their 30's look like they weigh more than most men. You did say average. About the USA, Bill Bryson once made the comment that around their late 20's, US women "go up like self-inflating life rafts".
But surely what matters is efficiency, power-to-weight ratio, and strength-to-weight ratio. Generally men are ahead in these areas.
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Stick to the Windows jokes where you're just annoying. This kind of post just makes you look like a twat.
Women have always performed well in space, testament to that is that Eileen Collins was chosen to command the return to flight STS-114 ( that did indeed require a docking at the ISS).
It is also interesting to note that when Valentina Tereshkova flew in Vostok 6 she logged more time in space during a single flight than the entire American Mercury program combined.
Men will be gratified to hear that the research says women are more likely than men to be involved in car accidents on a per-mile-driven basis ....... Yes, yes, we have quicker reflexes and better spatial perception skills than women.
"women are more likely to be involved in car crashes than men"
Per mile driven, women were found to have a 26% higher injury involvement rate and 16% higher rate in all police-reported accidents compared to men.
Do try and keep the sexist bigotry down folks, all it does is shows you for the mental underachiever you really are.
The rest of you with proper comments - keep it up! I'm with Bakunin, the things these people have already done impress the hell out of me, let alone what they'll get to do over the next twenty years.
Wrote :- "Do try and keep the sexist bigotry down folks, all it does is shows you for the mental underachiever you really are."
Thanks, Devil's Advocate here, but I am very comfortable with my level of mental achievement so I don't mind your insult at all.
I would comment that of all the men and women I have known, quite a few of the men would be potential candidates for spaceflight, but absolutely NONE of the women would either be capable or even wish to be involved even in their wildest dreams. It is beyond me where they even FIND such women.
One thing all those women say is that women are invariably bitchy to each other when confined in a group; does that sound like in a space craft to you? OTOH, men tend to be affable to each other (and to women), even if it takes an effort, unless they are complete (and easily identifiable) bar stewards.
Are the recruiters leaning over backwards to recruit women to be PC? Perhaps the women I have known are a self-selecting group? Or is this an effect of the upper tail of the statistical distribution?
A subset of women have a terrible sense of humor. It's that subset that ruins it for the other women, the bulk of who are normal people who won't run crying to start a lawsuit or file complaints everytime someone makes a dongle joke.
It's perfectly 'OK' for a woman to comment on how she can't get 'her man'' to do anything while the match is on but say something about a sandwich and spite estrogen fills the air.
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