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NASA and Roscosmos have decided on two veteran 'nauts for a prolonged one-year-long mission on the International Space Station. The Russian and US space agencies want to put a pair of spacefarers on the station for a prolonged duration to get more data on the effects of weightlessness on humans. NASA's Scott Kelly piloted space …

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Subliminal

With the image from the "Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME" story directly above, I read this as a "pair of norks" to be selected

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Can I vote for my ex-wife to go? As long as she can take her damned cats.

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Brave lads

Given what we already know about prolonged weightlessness boils down to "it effs you up a fair bit", big props to the men who are volunteering to knacker their bodies in the name of SCIENCE.

Beer 'cos they deserve several.

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Wouldn't they learn more if they send a couple? the space shuttle astronauts never published their findings on zero G sex.

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IT Angle

I think

they did some basic research and found straps and tie downs the only alternative to having someone else there to help.

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Coat

Wouldn't they learn more if they send a couple?

Not to mention the rights to the videos would make the whole process self financing.

No that's not a mac.

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Re: I think

The only scientific conclusion reached so far is: some people will believe anything.

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Coat

Just don't...

... get a nickname like Fruit Loops...

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Bah!

Don't the Russians already know lots about this from making people stay on Mir for a year and more?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valeri_Polyakov

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Re: Bah!

But they were commies - it doesn't count. What science needs is to show how long republicans can spend in space.

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WTF?

Re: Bah! ...how long republicans can spend in space.

<sarcasm mode="smug" type="political">

Better Not!!!!

Their brains just might explode from the lack of gravity - it is the only thing that "restrains" them.

</sarcasm>

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Couple

Wouldn't it be better to send a man and woman aloft, rather than two men? That would allow them to see how zero gravity affects both men and women. And, so what if three come down? Might end up getting more data than they bargained for.

For that matter, in order to get a valid sample size, shouldn't they send six of each up?

Dave

P.S. Oh, yeah, I think they ought to send a 52 year old guy, and an 18 year old gal, just to get data across a range of ages. Makes sense, doesn't it?

P.P.S. Mine's the one with the parachute in the pocket. Eat your heart out Felix. ;-)

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Re: Couple

Let me hazard a guess, you were born in 1960?

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Re:PS Sounds like the plot of Saturn 3...

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PS Sounds like the plot of Saturn 3...

That did not end well.

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Sarah Brightman

So what's the skinny on this being related to a Soyuz seat being taken by Sarah Brightman? I heard that she outbid NASA with the result that they have to skip a crew rotation. NASA is attempting to put a bright face on this by saying it's FOR SCIENCE!!!111oneoneone

NASA denies the story, of course, but then I wouldn't believe Fox news if it said the Atlantic was wet.

http://nasawatch.com/archives/2012/10/russia-sells-so.html

http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=17384120

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Re: Sarah Brightman

Well, have her stay up there for a year, and then it really would be science!

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A year in zero-gravity just to see how it messes you up?

That sound you hear? It's the head of the Mars Society, Bob Zubrin's head exploding. Nothing seems to get that guy worked up quite so much as talking about year long missions in zero-g JUST TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO THE ASTRONAUTS.

Surely a better choice would be to set up some kind of centrifuge or tethered capsule to provide centrifugal gravity, send up two astronauts for a year, and then see what kind of shape they were in at the end of the year?

NASA started out with monkeys & dogs strapped into the chair, upgraded to people and found them much preferable because they didn't ask for so many treats...

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Re: A year in zero-gravity just to see how it messes you up?

In an ideal world, centrifugal gravity would definitely be worth exploring. Are you volunteering to fund the R&D and construction on the entirely new space station that would require?

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Re: A year in zero-gravity just to see how it messes you up?

"Surely a better choice would be to set up some kind of centrifuge or tethered capsule to provide centrifugal gravity, send up two astronauts for a year, and then see what kind of shape they were in at the end of the year?"

IIRC There *was* a plan to put a (small) centrifuge on the ISS big enough to study varying the level of g effects.

Not enough budget to get it built apparently.

Personally I'd suggest radiation effects mitigation and closed cycle life support will be *much* more effective enablers of trips to Mars. Of course if you could extend the techniques of long brain surgery (complete blood draining and low temperature till all brain activity and most metabolism seems to *cease*) from 12 hours to 12 months things could get interesting....

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