Michael López-Alegría

is a Spanish-American astronaut; a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions and one International Space Station mission.

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MichaelLopezAlegria598 karma

Lack of consistent government funding is a big problem. I think there is widespread public support, but that doesn't seem to translate to support in Congress. A sustained funding profile supporting a coherent exploration strategy is needed.

MichaelLopezAlegria508 karma

A cat. But I'd make sure it's declawed before watching in person.

MichaelLopezAlegria486 karma

Depends. On the Space Shuttle, ascent was definitely scarier than entry. On the Soyuz, entry was pretty sporty; I'd call it a draw!

MichaelLopezAlegria396 karma

Not enough. You're pretty focused on getting the job done. But every once in awhile you need to take a peek; the view is unbelievable.

MichaelLopezAlegria288 karma

I wanted to be part of what I think is the key to the future of human spaceflight.

MichaelLopezAlegria258 karma

I haven't seen it yet. The trailer looks a little over the top, but some (including my staff) say it's a must-see!

MichaelLopezAlegria241 karma

Hi everyone! It's a little early, but I'm going to jump in. This is my first time on Reddit; be nice!

MichaelLopezAlegria236 karma

Is this an IQ test?

MichaelLopezAlegria226 karma

I think "holy shit" might be a direct quote of me right after MECO (Main Engine Cut Off) on my first launch (and the other three, for that matter).

MichaelLopezAlegria214 karma

It's not trivial. Folks on the ground keep track of the threats. If it's serious we are notified a couple of days before the "conjunction" (official NASA term). If it doesn't go away (tracking accuracy improves over time), we execute a maneuver to avoid. I think in my seven months aboard ISS that happened twice.