View Full Version : NASA: Nowak contingency plans revealed...

02-24-2007, 04:22 AM
Okay, leave it to NASA to give plans our astronauts can Depends on. From the AP, via CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/02/23/astronaut.plan.ap/index.html):

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?

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...
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NASA has a plan for dealing with a mentally unstable astronaut in space
Instructions: Bind the astronaut's wrists and ankles and tie them down
Inject the out-of-control astronaut with tranquilizers if necessary
A gun would not be used; a bullet could pierce a spaceship and kill everyone

Bungee cords, tranquilizers... I've heard of parties like that...

02-24-2007, 04:26 AM
Didn't you know? Every problem can be solved with duct tape.

02-26-2007, 07:34 PM
Yeah, but the idea of bungee cords in a weightless environment . . . did anyone else get the giggles?


02-26-2007, 08:46 PM
Yeah, but the idea of bungee cords in a weightless environment . . . did anyone else get the giggles?

This is bad.... it might tempt someone to "go crazy" just to experience this.

02-26-2007, 10:09 PM
(cue Muppet Show announcer...)

Duct Tape In Space!!! (http://www.octanecreative.com/ducttape/NASA/)

I also quite like the title of the Smoking Gun's article on the subject:

Lost It In Space (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0223071nasa1.html)

02-27-2007, 02:06 AM

02-28-2007, 10:08 AM
Great. This is going to lead to bondage in the name of mental instability in spaaaace.

I'm so confused. I have no idea what NASA actually does anymore. :)