What role should NASA take in 2012? Live Show 4.22

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  1. dr on January 24, 2012 at 11:02 am

    During this episode, Cariann says the following:

    “On their descent back to earth, he still has his camera rolling, which is stuff we never get to see in NASA landings, you don’t see any of that so you are actually seeing like the flames flying by at the window right next to him and you are seeing all the jostling and they hit the ground and he kind of looses the camera a little bit, like it was crazy….”

    referring to Richard Garriott’s documentary about his trip into space.

    I guess that you already know this, but just in case you don’t, the wikipedia entry for Story Musgrave contains the following information in the section about STS-80:

    “During deorbit and landing, Musgrave stood in the cockpit and pointed a handheld video camera out the windows. In doing so, he recorded the plasma streams over the orbiter’s hull for the first time, and he is still the only astronaut to see them first-hand.”

    My understanding is that normally the astronauts used clipboards to block the orbiter windows so that they don’t get distracted by the flames and can concentrate on the instruments and the flying they had to do.

    I seem to recollect seeing on TV this footage probably more than a decade ago, so I believe that the film still exists.

    I’m not trying to criticise Cariann or correct what she said because obviously in virtually every Shuttle re-entry this was not shown in any broadcast. I merely wish to point out that, to the best of my knowledge, footage equivalent to that taken by Richard Garriott in the Soyuz does exist for a Shuttle re-entry.

    I’m afraid that I don’t have any idea how to trace the footage if you were interested.

  2. Wayne Grauel on January 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    The only way NASA could ever be efficient and actually accomplish anything nearing our collective potential is to cloak NASA from the microscope of people currently making funding decisions who have no idea “what it takes” to design, test, and deploy spacecraft. The most effective way to accomplish anything is a committee of “1” ( for example), so place NASA into a Black Hole “Area 5X” Scenario.” (True, it’s going to be hard to hide Greenbelt) If congress had Skunk Works under their microscope like NASA, we might still be waiting for an SR-71. I won’t even go into how I personally think we’re eventually handing everything over to the Russians and the Chinese. When everyone stops being friends again, things are going to go very wrong for our assets in space.

  3. Marc on February 7, 2012 at 5:23 am


  4. Marc on February 7, 2012 at 6:02 am

    One additional comment.

    NASA is not at the forefront of things anymore. You can see that, when politicians start to tell them how to do their job (as you mentioned Ben), because they think they know.

    When NASA’s goal is so far out there, that not even the top NASA scientists know how to solve the problem, then they are at the forefront and on the right track and the politicians would shut up because they wouldn’t know what to talk about.

    Well, it’s just a dream of mine, because in reality some vision-less politician would probably kill the program.

    Why can’t we have a leader to just point the direction.

    Something like: “We will go to Mars in this decade and we will visit the first exoplanet by the end of this century, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.”

    This should be the politicians role, and NASA’s role should be to realize it.

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