posted on Oct, 19 2006 @ 11:33 AM
I agree that it is "good for her", her family, her Dallas business, Texas social-standing and monetarily "good" for thr RSA. I find it significant
that the Russian quoted in article said, "They would have paid her". No question that of the space-participants/tourists so far that she has been
most assuredly technically qualified (she is a real accredited engineer and a holder of two telecom patents) and she is a Texan.
Actually if one thinks about it, one might see such a "story" as furthering the cause of space exploration, some might not. I look forward to her
potential second flight, I'm currently of the opinion that would be a "good" thing, with a few caveats of little consequence.
I like the idea of a "pimped-out" stretch-Buran by Zil auto-limo... 4X$22M USD? Maybe 6X if one gets rid of the payload bay. You'd need special
suits and seats for the NBA guys and an "extra-baggage" surcharge for big folks, and a special tax for Madonna to prevent her from singing... ISS
could never handle the traffic... Hmmm. The Japanese (Kawasaki and others) seem interested in the space hotel concept...
The Chinese apparently have a unique way to prophylactically prevent the major of emesis effects of SAS that had Ms. Ansari "not feeling too well"
in the 48 hours between Baikonur and ISS.
It is remarkably simple and really a no-brainer (as in many surgeries and medical diagnostics that have a risk of unintentional aspiration of stomach
contents) they don't feed their Shenzhou occupants 12 or so hours before flight (nothing solid per oral)... makes the "flight assignment" screwed
up in the case of a "scrub" though... but a less stinky and uncomfortable first day or so on orbit for a successful launch. It was in a Reuters news
bit from around the time of the first Shenzhou manned launch.
Will Anousheh be the first "two-time" space-participant? I'm thinkin' for sure.
Goin' to space on a controlled explosion without a "last" meal? Not for me.
[edit on 19-10-2006 by V Kaminski]