posted on Nov, 28 2007 @ 04:16 AM
The Mars Rising series is turning out to be very good. They had another installment on there and talked about the two times that there was an 'us vs
them' moment for the US crews where they were getting too many orders from Houston and
went on strike
in Skylab (this is a
called Stop the
Rocket I Want To Get Off
There was also one where the Soviet Astronauts
did the same on the space
(from the 'Stop the Rocket' link) In 1982 two Soyuz cosmonauts, Valentin Vitalyevich Lebedev and Anatoli Berezovoi, spent a 211-day flight in
near silence because they got on each other's nerves so much - a situation that started almost from the moment they climbed into the
They also talked some more on the latest Mars Rising show about the inability to really take a shower and get clean due to the lack of water.
In fact that's another impediment to long space travel - the lack of ability to carry water. They'd have to have 450 refrigerator sized
compartments of food for such a journey they theorized, and mentioned how they now realize the importance of a variety of good food. One of the
previous astronauts mentioned that he experienced food cravings from almost the moment he was on board and that he'd have 'killed' for a glass of
milk or even anything different.
It occurred to me that most of us know how that feels when you compare it to the way you feel on a long airplane flight. There's a sticky feeling you
get, along with a sense of being stifled by the confinement to your seat and the reprocessed air.
I was thinking 'man no way I could hang out in an airplane for even a flight to Australia let alone spend 17 months in a spacecraft with the
reprocessed air and drinking my own reprocessed and reclaimed urine'.
I'm really starting to think that until they solve the problem or develop the technique of safely putting a man in suspended animation that this
mission is not going to be possible.
Right now the record is 438 days held by Valerie Polyakov. The mars mission round trip would require more than twice that.
Here's a pretty good article translated from the Russian
Anyway the last Mars Rising episode will be next Tuesday (with many replays). Don't miss it.
[edit on 28-11-2007 by Badge01]