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heng44
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posted 07-03-2010 03:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

A nice view of the early morning launch of Columbia on mission STS-61C in January 1986, carrying a crew of seven, including Congressman Bill Nelson.

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Jacques van Oene
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posted 07-03-2010 04:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why are all photos from USA missions, I never have seen an image of a Soyuz launch or cosmonauts (in space)...

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posted 07-03-2010 06:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have often wondered what politicians bring to a mission. I mean what did Congressman Bill Nelson bring to the mission?

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posted 07-03-2010 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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...what did Congressman Bill Nelson bring to the mission?

From what I've read, a REALLY low tolerance of zero G.

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posted 07-03-2010 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASAROB   Click Here to Email NASAROB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If anything, having a politician onboard assured NASA of at least one vote in favor of continuing the space program when he got back.

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posted 07-03-2010 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by star51L:
From what I've read, a REALLY low tolerance of zero G.
Wasn't that Senator "Pukin' Jake" Garn on STS-51-D? His space sickness was so bad that astronauts came up with a new scale for the severity of space sickness, with "1 Garn" being the maximum possible.

star51L
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posted 07-03-2010 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think you are right, I may have had them confused.

heng44
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posted 07-04-2010 07:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Jacques van Oene:
Why are all photos from USA missions, I never have seen an image of a Soyuz launch or cosmonauts (in space)...

Simple: I try to select images that are special for some reason, but I don't have access to similar images in Russian space history.

Philip
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posted 07-05-2010 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Max Q:
I mean what did Congressman Bill Nelson bring to the mission?
Read: "Mission: An American Congressman's Voyage to Space" (ISBN 978-0151055562).

Also remember John Glenn was a politician during his Space Shuttle mission. And there were some astronauts with political aims.

Jay Chladek
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posted 07-18-2010 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although it hasn't been publicized as much, Nelson supposedly had a hard time in orbit as well with space adaptation syndrome.

Why he flew was he was the head committee member on the house side of the hill. So when Jake Garn flew, somebody felt a member of the house should get equal time in orbit. I can't recall though if Jake was a Republican, but Bill Nelson is a democrat.

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Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
I can't recall though if Jake was a Republican, but Bill Nelson is a democrat.

Garn was a Republican.

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