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TRS
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posted 09-07-2013 10:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't ask me why, but on of the online media outlets in New Zealand is asking readers to vote on the scariest thing that could happen to you in space... some of the answers may surprise you!

GoesTo11
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posted 09-07-2013 11:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, my first objection would be to sharing a "ride" on Soyuz/ISS with a paying Kardashian.

Something else would be the "Kessler Effect," which I understand is key to the premise of the new movie "Gravity."

Grounded!
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posted 09-08-2013 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spaghettification comes to mind. I hate that when that happens.

garymilgrom
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posted 09-08-2013 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excess citrus beverages?

cspg
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posted 09-08-2013 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Almost all suggested answers by the poll inevitably lead to death. Is death scary?

But I'll answer: Travelling there in the first place.

dabolton
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posted 09-08-2013 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Being told it was time to come home.

Finding a guest passenger inquiring about how to open the hatch.

GoesTo11
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posted 09-08-2013 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dabolton:
Finding a guest passenger inquiring about how to open the hatch.
Are you referencing Mike Mullane's memoir? According to him, that was a real issue with one of the early shuttle payload specialist "passengers."

dabolton
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posted 09-08-2013 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes. Quite a scary REAL moment that happened.

bwhite1976
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posted 09-08-2013 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finally getting my Apollo flight to the moon, and halfway there a kid stowaway pops out of one of the access panels and screws up the weight of my spacecraft.

p51
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posted 09-08-2013 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the scariest thing that could happen would be something so far away that would kill you very slowly but no way to fix it. Like being stranded on the lunar surface with no hope of ever getting out of there, or bouncing off the atmosphere on re-entry into deep space. You'd know not only you weren't going to get home, but that your family would forever wonder where your body was.

THEN you'd have to decide on if you were going to go with as long as the O2 lasts, or do what Jim Lovell said in his book, how he suggested that if they weren't getting back they probably pop the hatch and go out as fast as they could. But even then, dying in open space isn't likely quick as it's shown in fiction, either.

For that matter, being on STS-107, on the flight deck, and if you knew in advance what was coming. Man, I can't think of much worse than that.

quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
According to him, that was a real issue with one of the early shuttle payload specialist "passengers."

Could someone e-mail me offline as to who this was? I have always wondered who he was referring to.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-08-2013 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by p51:
I have always wondered who he was referring to.
See: Who was this (upset) payload specialist? (as well as: STS-61B: The case of the locked shuttle hatch).

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