Astronauts: September 2007 Archives

10 Things You Didn't Know About Space Exploration, US News & World Report

"1. There is no set number of people in an astronaut candidate class; NASA selects its candidates on an as-needed basis. To even apply to be an astronaut, candidates must have completed 1,000 hours of flying time in a jet aircraft."

Editor's note: Not true. At the present time NASA is not requiring that applicants be pilots.

Nowak Update

Ex-astronaut wants evidence tossed, Reuters

"On the witness stand on Wednesday, Nowak disputed the testimony of an Orlando police detective, who said she had given police permission to search her car through nods and mumbles of consent, and said she asked for a lawyer even though there was no evidence of that request in a transcript. "There are pieces that are missing out of this transcript," Nowak told the court."

Love triangle astronaut asks court to throw out key evidence, AFP

"Nowak's lawyer claims that upon her arrest, she was held for three hours before she was interrogated and was then questioned for a further five hours. In the motion to dismiss the statements Nowak made to police, attorney Donald Lykkebak said his client was not properly informed of her constitutional rights, was deprived of sleep and was not permitted a phone call."

NASA Wants More Astronauts

NASA Opens Applications for New Astronaut Class

"To be considered, a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience are required. Typically, successful applicants have significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft. Teaching experience, including work at the kindergarten through 12th grade level, is considered qualifying. Educators with the appropriate educational background are encouraged to apply."

Astronaut Search: Pilots Need Not Apply, Discovery News

"NASA posted a recruitment notice for more astronauts on Tuesday, but for the first time in the agency's history there will be no separate hiring for pilots. In one of the most public acknowledgements that change is afoot, NASA's next class of astronauts will be comprised solely of mission specialists and receive training for long-duration missions on the International Space Station. With the shuttle fleet retiring in three years, NASA will have no ships to pilot in space anyway, with astronauts riding as passengers to the station aboard Russian Soyuz vehicles or perhaps on commercially provided space transports."

NASA Names Astronaut Ellen Ochoa Deputy Director of Johnson

"Veteran astronaut Ellen Ochoa has been named the next deputy director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Ochoa is a four-time space flier who has served as director of flight crew operations at Johnson. She will succeed Bob Cabana, who was named director of NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi."

Suicide Prompted NASA Investigation, E-Mails Show, NPR

NASA Sought to Stop Astronaut Meltdowns, AP

"NASA e-mails released Wednesday indicate the space agency was looking for ways to prevent astronaut meltdowns just three months before one-time shuttle flier Lisa Nowak was arrested in a scandalous love triangle. The e-mails from late last year show that space program employees interviewed the former colleagues and the "common-law wife" of ex-astronaut Charles Brady Jr. after he committed suicide in July 2006. It seemed to be an effort to find behavioral clues that could be a tip-off in future cases."

Editor's note: This is starting to get ghoulish.

10 Questions for Buzz Aldrin, Time

"Given what happened with Lisa Nowak, should astronauts be held to a higher standard? Chad Miller, COLOGNE, GERMANY

Astronauts are not superhuman. They lead ordinary lives and have varied personalities. I think Nowak should be admired for traveling across the country at night and not getting out of her car to put in gas or go to the restroom. It is not excusable, but it is understandable for an achiever to fall into a trap."

Editor's note: Hearings are being held right now regarding the Astronaut Health Report issued in July by the NASA Astronaut Health Care System Review Committee. According to its chair, Col. Richard Bachmann, Jr., the allegation about astronaut drinking was only made by one NASA individual - and made only to one member of Bachmann's committee. It would seem that Bachmann's committee never tried to corroborate this information by finding other sources. Instead, they just published it as fact. So much for being thorough.

Statement by NASA Administrator Griffin Before the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Committee on Science and Technology on 6 September 2007

"Today you have heard Mr. O'Connor provide details of his investigation and findings. After reviewing 20 years' worth of records and interviewing scores of NASA personnel who are personally involved in, or witness to, the critical path for astronaut flight safety in the hours before launch, Mr. O'Connor was unable to find any evidence to support the claims that astronauts were ever impaired by alcohol at launch time. In fact, NASA's flight surgeons have placed their names on a communication saying that they have no evidence of alcohol impairment by astronauts on flight day, or any instances of their concerns to management being disregarded."

Hearing Charter - Health Care of NASA Astronaut Corps
Opening Statement By Richard Bachmann
Opening Statement By Bryan O'Connor
Opening Statement By Ellen Ochoa
Opening Statement By Richard Williams



Commercialization: Monthly Archives

Monthly Archives

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries in the Astronauts category from September 2007.

Astronauts: August 2007 is the previous archive.

Astronauts: October 2007 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.