Friday, February 23, 2007
Good to Know
NASA's plan for unstable astronauts: Duct tape, tranquilizers
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- What would happen if an astronaut became mentally unstable in space and, say, destroyed the ship's oxygen system or tried to open the hatch and kill everyone aboard?Are we easing back into the astronaut love triangle? Smith being still dead has now died again in her afterlife? Maybe?
That was the question after the apparent breakdown of Lisa Nowak, arrested this month on charges she tried to kidnap and kill a woman she regarded as her rival for another astronaut's affections.
It turns out NASA has detailed, written procedures for dealing with a suicidal or psychotic astronaut in space. The documents, obtained this week by The Associated Press, say the astronaut's crewmates should bind his wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him down with a bungee cord and inject him with tranquilizers if necessary.
Good afternoon, friends. Work at Ox-Bow benefit last night did well (went for 125 --- not as good as last year, but I was in Section 1 which closes early), so not bad.
Finally brought home some of The Hand, so will do some scanning later. But now, a frozen pizza calls.
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