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mikepf
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posted 09-20-2013 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ever use an appropriate space related quote in everyday non-space conversations?

Somebody had mentioned the recent Miley Cyrus/Lady Gaga performances, and the first thing that came to mind was Pete Conrad's quote, "If you can't be good, be colorful."

I find myself using Monty Python lines quite often, but space quotes not so much. How about you?

cspg
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posted 09-20-2013 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Uh-Oh.

But that's not really a quote. At least not one meant to be considered as such.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-20-2013 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's one that probably many have used, even if they don't know it...
A-Okay
As Wikipedia explains:
US Air Force Lt. Col. John "Shorty" Powers popularized the expression "A-ok" while NASA's public affairs officer for Project Mercury, attributing it to astronaut Alan Shepard during his Freedom 7 flight. In his book "The Right Stuff," however, author Tom Wolfe wrote that Powers had borrowed it from NASA engineers who used it during radio transmission tests because the sharper sound of A cut through the static better than O. Apparently, the first documented use "A-ok" is contained within a memo from Tecwyn Roberts, Flight Dynamics Officer, to Flight Director (entitled "Report on Test 3805", dated Feb 2, 1961) in penciled notes on the countdown of MR-2, dated Jan 31, 1961.

ea757grrl
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posted 09-20-2013 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
More than once when a friend or colleague is about to do a tough job, I've said to them, "Godspeed, John Glenn."

Grounded!
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posted 09-20-2013 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Years ago, a heavy-set old lady looked up to me (after plopping down in her chair), and said "the eagle has landed". I got quite a laugh out of that one.

lordolsen
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posted 09-21-2013 12:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lordolsen   Click Here to Email lordolsen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here in Denmark we often used this phrase if something is not working: "Houston we have a problem!"

GACspaceguy
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posted 09-21-2013 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to admit this one may be localized to my group of engineers and greatly influenced by myself but, when facing adversity or overcoming one they have been known to quote Pete Conrad. “that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me”

Lunar Module 5
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posted 09-21-2013 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar Module 5   Click Here to Email Lunar Module 5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During Space Shuttle countdowns astronauts often responded to an instruction...

"PLT begin APU start" with the response "That's in work".

And I have to admit, when my boss asks me if I have started a job or is enquiring about progress, I always say "yep, thats in work!"

It always makes me smile.

ejectr
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posted 09-21-2013 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yup..."Oh...I hope not..."

GoesTo11
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posted 09-21-2013 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This probably belongs in the "You're A Space Geek When" thread...

...But when I played junior hockey in the early 80s after the "Right Stuff" movie came out, my best friend (wing to my center) and I had a ritual before every game where he'd ask me before the opening faceoff if I had any Beeman's, and I'd say, "Yeah, I'll loan you a stick," and then I'd hand him a piece of Wrigley's cinnamon gum.

Does that count?

Rick
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posted 09-21-2013 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick   Click Here to Email Rick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since my last name is Houston, I'm a really big fan of people telling me, "Houston, we have a problem," and thinking it's the funniest thing ever!

Ronpur
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posted 09-21-2013 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to think, "Houston, we have a problem" is the one I use and hear most often. I also use "frak" a lot, but that is from Battlestar Galactica and not "real space"!

Blackarrow
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posted 09-22-2013 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I travel abroad, I phone my wife to confirm my safe arrival, announcing that "the Eagle has landed." I'm still not sure she knows what I'm talking about.

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 09-22-2013 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've used "let's light this candle" at the office and, although my designers smile when I say it, I'm sure they have no clue what I'm talking about.

randy
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posted 09-22-2013 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whenever we see one of the new boxy cars, my wife says they look like toasters. I say "It's like trying to drive a toaster through a car wash".

SpaceDust
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posted 09-23-2013 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceDust     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anytime I go somewhere I have to pull out on to a very busy highway. When I start to speed up to blend in with the traffic I say “Go at throttle up”.

Blackarrow
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posted 09-23-2013 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sorry to admit I sometimes set off for work in the car by saying: "Engage warp drive."

I know, I know.

moorouge
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posted 09-25-2013 01:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When shopping and seeing our youth wandering about I sometimes mutter, "It's life Jim, but not as we know it!".

More seriously, for fifteen years I used the opening lines from Star Trek at the first assembly of the new intake to tell the kids that their five year mission was to seek out new worlds and to boldly go...

Peter downunder
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posted 09-25-2013 04:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter downunder   Click Here to Email Peter downunder     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To my kids when trying to get them back in the house on those warm summer nights: 'The flight director says get back in.'

Chariot412
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posted 09-25-2013 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
I had a ritual before every game where he'd ask me before the opening faceoff if I had any Beeman's, and I'd say, "Yeah, I'll loan you a stick," and then I'd hand him a piece of Wrigley's cinnamon gum.
Yep... Same for me for flying! Beeman's retro gum was around then. On my first solo shirt from the 1980's the instructor even wrote: "And he did it without the Beeman's." Can't remember, but hope I said "Oh, the view is tremendous!"

ea757grrl
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posted 09-25-2013 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lunar Module 5:
...I always say "yep, thats in work!" It always makes me smile.
Me too! Another one I use a lot is "Stand by one" if I'm on the phone with somebody and need a second to grab a notepad or something.

One moment I remember fondly: During flight training a few years ago, I taxied the airplane back to the ramp and just before shutdown I said over the intercom, "Houston, Discovery. Wheels stop." Then just as quickly turned to the instructor and said, "Sorry. I've just always wanted to say that." He thought it was amusing.

Buel
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posted 11-03-2013 03:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have thoroughly enjoyed some of these stories, particularly BlackArrow and Rick's (If I ever meet you Rick, I'm using that one on you and I just know that I'll find it really, really amusing... I'm sorry).

At a party in our garden a few months ago, the light was fading so my girlfriend brought out some candles and I said to her "Let's light this candle" and nodded to one of the candles, smiling to myself and thinking I was really cool by using a phrase that only me and her would 'get'... she immediately explained to our guests why I said what I said and what it meant. I felt like a kid at school who had been caught out. Damn it!!

Buel
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posted 11-03-2013 06:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apparently, the first documented use "A-ok" is contained within a memo from Tecwyn Roberts, Flight Dynamics Officer, to Flight Director (entitled "Report on Test 3805", dated Feb 2, 1961) in penciled notes on the countdown of MR-2, dated Jan 31, 1961.
Is there anywhere that I can see the famous 'Report on Test 3805' memo from Tec Roberts to a Flight Director?

star61
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posted 11-03-2013 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star61   Click Here to Email star61     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One phrase I seem to use a lot these days, every time a warning light flashes in my poor old car: "1202 alarm! 1202 alarm!" Gets the passengers attention!

Buel
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posted 11-04-2013 02:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I switch my car radio from CD to Radio, I have to do it in three stages: Disc to AUX to Radio... at first the fact that it made me think of John Aaron's call was great... but after so many hundred times it does get a bit much.

BA002
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posted 11-05-2013 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BA002   Click Here to Email BA002     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 11 40 Years celebration included a book signing at the Smithsonian. After waiting for hours I finally got my books signed. Michael Collins apologized for the wait so I replied: "That's all right. I don't mind a bit."

I thought it was quite witty but I got the impression he himself didn't recognize the quote.

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