...... It is an expensive carnival ride for them.....
Everyone has a different definition of 'need'.It's hard to live in this world without walking up and down steps. There is / was no need for civilians to ride on the Shuttle. Bad analogy.
Everyone has a different definition of 'need'.
There was a need for the good PR this would bring NASA because interest in the space program was waning. There was a need to keep pushing the idea that women could/should be astronauts. There was a need to keep pushing kids towards studying science.
No, she didn't have a military background but that wasn't a requirement anymore. She went through astronaut training. She was trained to perform certain tasks and run tests. She wasn't just a passenger on there for a stunt.
Getting some good PR and getting teachers and kids involved is a worthwhile thing though, as with no public support the space program becomes a target for cuts... It didn't turn out well in this case, but that had nothing to do her being on board. It was a tough lesson for sure, but hopefully every organization venturing into space has learned from it.The only reason for her being on board that thing was a big PR stunt. One that went horribly wrong. They had a "contest", because they thought it would be "cool" to put a teacher in space. They were all lured in by NASA's perfect Shuttle launch record... Up until then. She "won" the big prize. Her backup "winner" watched her die from the bleachers..... As did her parents, friends, and tens of thousands of kids everywhere, who's teachers tuned in live, in schools across the country.
Instead of getting a "lesson taught from space", many of these kids ended up having to receive grief counseling because of what they saw. They, along with many, were beginning to think low orbital space flight was "routine". NASA had made it seem that way with it's hectic launch schedule, and quick turn around time..... Until it all caught up with them, and their luck ran out.
The Shuttle was a good, necessary program. It helped give us the ISS. But it, like ALL space flight, is extremely dangerous. Having her on it was unnecessary, and only helped prove how dangerous it is, and always will be. And it's not, "walking up stairs".
Getting some good PR and getting teachers and kids involved is a worthwhile thing.........
There was never an official LOV statistic published for STS. Early on NASA commissioned a study which gave estimates between 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 100,000. A different study gave a failure rate of the SRB at 1 in 40.NASA said in the very beginning they expected to lose one vehicle in every 50 launches. I can't help but wonder how much they empathized that to her.... Or if they did at all. She was the first batch, in a total of 14 people who died in that program.
Bill boldly went where no 90-year-old has gone before. Good for him. He is now the equivalent of a shellb
He is a philanthropist so he does some good along the way.Well, he's coming to the end of the line regardless, and no one is going to line his casket with it, that's for sure. No matter if he makes it or not.
Well to be precise, only about 19% of the people make it to 90 so yeah, the odds are against it. Even worse for 100, only 1%. Not too bad for 70, about 73% chance and a 51% chance of making to 80.I'm not trying to downplay what these guys did. But it is what it is. Shatner is a good guy. And I'm glad for him, in that he was able to experience what he did, when he did. Most of us will never make it to 90. The odds are against it. And most likely none of us will ever be able to experience what he did.
Its not like he was digging ditches and lifting cement blocks his whole life. Makes it a lot easier to make it to 90.