What astronauts will NASA look to send to mars?

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  1. Pineapples11

    Pineapples11 Member

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    I read somewhere that electrical engineers aren't being looked at because they were a priority for the ISS...so what do you guys think? Geologists? Chemists? A botanist (@themartian)
     
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    who cares, giant waste of time and money. How about we fix our crumbling country not play Star Trek.
     
  3. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G. 5-Year Member

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    They are looking at geologists, pilots, biologists, behavioral scientists, and physicists. The Army nominated me to NASA for the astronaut candidate program.
     
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    I hope they will provide you internet access while you are traveling to Mars so you can continue to provide us with your insightful advice.
     
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    MabryPsyD Dr. G. 5-Year Member

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    I've met the other nominees. There is no way NASA is picking me for this mission and I'm OK with it; the other nominees are geniuses. The Russians support my nomination, which is a whole 'nother story...
     
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    I hope they let you go, and please don't forget to take a GoPro with you. I'll like to watch your Vlogs from Mars and how everyone is coping psychologically. I think they should let the selected go with animals like dogs, birds, chickens, so you can have some nature feel. I'm just obsessed with knowing what is really out there.
     
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    MabryPsyD Dr. G. 5-Year Member

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    NASA does have concerns with the long duration trip and its effect on the social dynamics of the crew. That's where someone like me comes into play.
     
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    usna1985 10-Year Member

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    The sad fact is that, unless we manage to travel faster than the speed of light (something Einstein said wasn't possible) AND we solve the issue of artificial gravity, we will never get beyond the moon or maybe Mars. We'll certainly never leave our solar system.

    With all due respect to those wanting to explore space, IMHO manned space travel at this point is a huge waste of human talent. The money for NASA manned programs and the skills of the astronauts could be better spend in other areas. I truly wish it were not so.
     
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    cb7893 5-Year Member

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    And we want to hear the other story.

    You were part of the Trump campaign?

    You were unmasked?

    You're a closet Pavlovian?

    They're sick and tired of those Freudians?

    Would your couch have straps for the weightless environment?

    How would Einstein's space-time continuum affect your hourly billings?

    You've got to tell us more.
     
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    :( My dreams have been crushed with that statement usna1985. Yes, it does make sense that we are just wasting time and money on this expedition, especially when we can be using it to do more productive researchs hear on Mother Earth. Though I believe one day we will find a way to travel faster and deal with the gravity issue. Einstein was an intelligent man, but his theories will be replaced by new ones. One day we could be able to travel fast, maybe not the speed of light but really fast and could put people into deep sleep so they wake up when they arrive. Just like Passengers. Lol
     
  11. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G. 5-Year Member

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    Since I'm not an anonymous member, I'll share a portion of the controversy...

    Even though the ISS is for every nation, the Russians essentially get final approval on who they want for missions. I've been "groomed" to be a Swiss Army Knife (Shock-trauma, researcher, computer science, aerospace med, psych) and the Russians like it. They like it so much that they posted my dossier on their astronaut page as a finalist in February.

    Use Google Translator unless you're proficient in Russian: http://www.astronaut.ru/as_usa/text/22arm001.htm

    The problem is the US doesn't announce their finalists until later this month and I know my chances are slim to none. I'm letting the superpowers figure this out.
     
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    cb7893 5-Year Member

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    [QUOTE="MabryPsyD, post: 548876, member: 19516]
    Use Google Translator unless you're proficient in Russian: http://www.astronaut.ru/as_usa/text/22arm001.htm[/QUOTE]

    I understood enough to see you're a Tennessean, which is all this Nashvillian needs to know. We're pulling for you.

    Did you run across a David Snyder in the History Dept at Austin Peay? He and his wife were good friends before they moved to Clarksville.
     
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    MabryPsyD Dr. G. 5-Year Member

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    I understood enough to see you're a Tennessean, which is all this Nashvillian needs to know. We're pulling for you.

    Did you run across a David Snyder in the History Dept at Austin Peay? He and his wife were good friends before they moved to Clarksville.[/QUOTE]

    Did he teach military history? I know the name.
     
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    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

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    I for one am routing hard for you, you really need to add Rocket Man to your resume.
     
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    cb7893 5-Year Member

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    Exactly. They lived here while he was working on his PhD. His specialization was German Military History.

    I don't know how to shut off the italics on this IPad.
     
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    cb7893 5-Year Member

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    I went back to read your resume, testing my residual proficiency in Russian. I saw your rank and it made me think of David Bowie's Space Oddity...

    Ground Control to Major Greg,
    Ground Control to Major Greg

    Hopefully, you will have a better outcome than Major Tom had.
     
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    If you consider Pluto the edge of our solar system, you could get out of the solar system moving at half the speed of light in under a day... We definately do not need to travel faster than the speed of light to leave our solar system. Alpha Centauri is less than 5 light years away.
     
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  18. usna1985

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    Not to hijack this thread, but since we're OT . . . deep sleep works if people are going one-way and don't care what happens to their loved ones left behind. IOW, the problem with deep sleep is not necessarily the direct impact on the sleepers but rather the indirect impact. It's fine that you're asleep, but while you're traveling, time passes. That means your loved ones get older, die, etc. Most people wouldn't want that to happen. It's unlikely that families will travel together into space in the next at least 50 years. Not to mention that, depending on how long you sleep, the world itself could have change and you not be prepared when you awaken -- i.e., technology advances, war obliterates your country, etc.

    Bottom line is that, sad to say, manned space travel will be largely a joke until something changes to enable us to travel faster so as to get out of our solar system, let alone galaxy. Until we figure that out, why not focus on unmanned travel, which has none of the above problems? The only issue is that it's not "glamorous" and there's no "lobby" for it. Instead, we waste billions of dollars a year training ~100 astronauts, most of whom will MAYBE go to space once and many may never go at all. My personal opinion is that their talents could be better used elsewhere.

    BTW, as a huge fan of manned space travel, sci-fi and the like, it pains me to say this.
     
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    Davai! (Russian for "go!") Haha
     
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    Dasvidanya!