Astronauts: August 2009 Archives

NASA needs stability and resources, Houston Chronicle, opinion by NASA astronauts Jeff Ashby, Michael Bloomfield, Bob Crippen, Roger Crouch, Jan Davis, Brian Duffy, Jim Halsell, Steve Hawley, Rick Hieb, Scott Doc Horowitz, Bruce McCandless II, Don McMonagle, Pam Melroy, Charlie Precourt, Ken Reightler and Kent Rominger

"We believe that America's space exploration program has positively impacted the world perhaps more than any single national endeavor during the last half century. Our space leadership is a projection of this country's technical capability leveraged to foster peaceful cooperation among nations in a politically uncertain world. Each of us has been part of this great space legacy and continues to be committed to ensuring the safety, vitality, sustainability and excitement of the future space program. U.S. investment in space and technology generates tens of thousands of jobs, stimulates small businesses and entrepreneurship, drives innovation and inspires the next generation of engineers, scientists and explorers so critical to America's future."

Astronaut is a mom on a mission to space, Houston Chronicle

"Astronauts always get the same question: How does it feel to blast into space and leave all your loved ones behind? But Nicole Passonno Stott, who's scheduled to lift off Monday for a four-month stint aboard the International Space Station, fields more of those "loved ones" queries than the other six crew members flying on NASA's STS-128 mission. Why? She's a mom, not a dad. And despite continuing shifts in women's roles, it's apparently still more compelling when a mother leaves a child. "My son just turned 7," Stott said to a group of reporters after a NASA press conference. That means she won't have to organize a birthday party from space. It also means her son has watched her prepare for this trip for as long as he can remember. "This has been his whole life," said Stott, 46, who wouldn't give her son's name but did say that he loves Star Wars and Star Trek. "One of the things about space-station training is, for over four years, 50 percent of my time has been spent out of the country."

Smells In Space

China doctor reveals 100 rules for would-be spacemen, Reuters

"The selection process, which the paper said is for the second batch of Chinese astronauts, will disqualify those who have runny noses, ringworm, drug allergies or bad breath. "The bad smell would affect their fellow colleagues in a narrow space," said Shi Bing Bing, an official with the 454th hospital of People's Liberation Army air force based in Nanjing, one of the six astronaut health screening hospitals."

Astronaut doesn't change his undies for a month, CNet

"I know science thinks it can do everything. I know robots will soon be ordering us around like wait staff at the Ritz. But I am gravely concerned about an experiment that has been going on up there in space. Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, who returned to earth Friday, had been on the International Space Station since March. And, well, I don't know quite how I am to put this, but he didn't change his underwear for a month. I know what you're thinking. We're both thinking the same thing."



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