It's nice to see that space exploration has a new ambassador. The immediate interest he has generated has and will inspire many children to consider Space Exploration and the pursuit of science and engineering. He has done more in the past 5 months than all other government sponsored programs combined ... worldwide. His videos chronicling the daily adventures of performing simple tasks in space, such as brushing your teeth, urinating and showering has educated the masses and brought the experience to us earth bound observers.
I don't think powerdoc is aware that each astronaut is allowed "X" amount of pounds of personal items that they can take along with them, so the additional payload of the guitar is already accounted for. I also believe that he is woefully unaware of the fact that the "I" in "ISS" stands for International. No single country can lay claim to complete ownership or responsibility for its existence and it's sad to see that he's been brainwashed to think otherwise. However, we are all allowed to present our perspective whether anyone else agrees with it or not, so I can't fault him for what I perceive as ignorance as opposed to a well educated & researched point of view.
I truly believe that Cmdr Hatfield has reignited the interest in space and the space station with what he has done. If he managed to inspire just one young mind to pursue it further then I consider what he has done to be a success ... but I suspect he's inspire more so the value has increased.
I don't find this entertaining or educational. We spend a lot of tax money for the ISS. Take your job seriously. If you want to do karaoke or cover songs wait till you are back and do it on your own time. And what did the weight of the guitar cost in terms of payload?
If the pilot of the plane came out of the cockpit and started playing the bongos in mid flight what would you think?
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