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From: County Down, Nothern Ireland
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posted 03-08-2013 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just watched the documentary Space Tourists this week for the first time and it made me think: What are the rules that spaceflight participants ("space tourists") have to follow during their flight? For example, not getting in the way...


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posted 03-08-2013 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No fiddling with the smoke detectors; no abuse of the drinks trolley; no 50-mile high club activities.


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From: South Bend, IN United States of America
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posted 03-09-2013 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, if you cannot do that LAST one, you probably cannot do the Harlem Shake either!

Robert Pearlman

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posted 03-09-2013 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jokes aside, spaceflight participants are held to the same Code of Conduct (PDF) as space station crew members. For example, with regards to using the equipment aboard the station:
ISS crewmembers shall protect and conserve all property to which they have access for ISS activities. No such property shall be altered or removed for any purpose other than those necessary for the performance of ISS duties. Before altering or removing any such property, ISS crewmembers shall first obtain authorization from the Flight Director, except as necessary to ensure the immediate safety of ISS crewmembers or ISS elements, equipment, or payloads.
In practice, based on the accounts of past flyers like Richard Garriott, the spaceflight participants can float freely through the station, but like visiting someone else's office or home, must be respectful of the facility and its occupants.

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