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Originally posted by kalunom
Time travel to past periods where such skills may be necessary?
Or maybe they are just bored out of their wits?
Originally posted by Tearman
reply to post by Wayfarer
Presuming your friend actually was contacted by a representative of NASA, I think your theory is plausible. But under what circumstances would they expect to engage in hand-to-hand combat aboard any space craft anyway? Maybe it had nothing at all to do with official business, maybe it was purely a recreational inquiry.
Originally posted by Wayfarer
I am a member of a very large organization founded upon the study and practical recreation of the lost arts of Medieval and Rennaisance combat. However, as mentioned in the title, the head of our organization was recently contacted by NASA to ascertain the viability of utilizing him to personally train their astronauts in Medieval weaponry and fighting. Unfortunatley, NASA didn't give him an explanation of the relevance or need for such training, so I now pose the question to my intrepid conspiracy theorists, since the majority of my organizations musings have been just that (consipiracy theories).
My own thoughts (while trying my best to maintain some sort of realistic relevancy) have hovered around the potential for military actions in space. If that is the case, it stands to reason that projectile weapons would be perhaps prohibitive in a fragile spacecraft, whereas melee weapons tend to cause a lot less collateral damage.
How about the rest of ATS, what say you?
Originally posted by Lusitaniax
reply to post by Wayfarer
Time travel would be my guess ... however it won`t matter much, as they would be beheaded within seconds by a medieval knight ! Very interesting why NASA requested this, but NASA is full of "interesting" things just like the end of manned space flights which I simply refuse to believe.
Originally posted by 11andrew34
Cleanup is a significant issue on spacecraft. If you slash somebody's throat with a knife, stab them, etc inside of the ISS or a shuttle or something, it's going to make a huge huge mess.
If you decapitate somebody with a clean strike, a column of blood shoots up into the air. In a spacecraft that'd be an even worse mess, and the body would be propelled by the jet of blood.
Hmm tasers can make people evacuate their bowels, and so can choking...
On a spacewalk, the mess would be less of an issue because they are in space suits and there's no need to clean up the larger enviornment. You could use a sword to cut air hoses or just puncture the suit.
A small chainsaw/circular saw/etc on a pole arm would probably work better than a sword though. Actually...don't they already have tools like that for working on satellites and the ISS?