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NASA has postponed a shuttle launch planned for 15 March after the space vehicle was damaged by a launch-pad hailstorm on Monday. Engineers monitoring remote camera systems spotted "bright-coloured dings" in the foam insulation covering Shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank, and yesterday it was announced that the stricken …

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Armageddon

NASA's crazed astronaut policy seems to be related to the movie, "Armageddon," with Bruce Willis that came out back in 1998. In that movie, one of the oil drilling crew goes a bit nuts and starts firing a rotary cannon while on the asteroid they are trying to blow up - he gets duct-taped to a bulkhead.

The main issue here is whether the movie makers looked into NASA policy on these matters or whether the NASA guys saw the movie and got the idea.

Regards from Central Oregon,

Don Oliver

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Just a thought...

> The manuals apparently instruct a space-going master-at-arms to "talk with the patient while you are restraining him", and to "explain what you are doing".

But what if it's the "space-going master-at-arms" who goes nuts...?

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Nature vs. NASA

Would it really be so hard to build a Shuttle Umbrella? These guys are NASA for Pete's sake...

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