11. Shit Happens – Even in SpaceFrom the
audio transcripts of the Apollo 10 mission, Lunar Module Pilot Eugene
Cernan, Command Module Pilot John Young, and Commander Thomas Stafford
discuss a close encounter of the turd kind. Via Distractions in Space.
10. Tall Pilots Need Not Apply
So you wanna fly spaceships for NASA? You'll need a college degree in maths, science or engineering; a minimum of 1,000 hours a commanding pilot in a jet aircraft;
and be able to pass a NASA space physical, which requires distant
visual acuity, good blood pressure and – here's the real zinger – a height between 62 and 75 inches.
You can prepare, train, and account for just about every other aspect
of NASA's Pilot Astronaut requirements (you can even have your eyes
corrected with laser surgery), but unless you're between 5'2" and 6'3",
you aren't getting behind the wheel. (Fortunately, the height
requirements for Mission Specialists – between 58.5 and 76 inches – are a
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