Comments: 998 • Responses: 41 • Date: 2013-10-07 17:30:16 UTC
MichaelLopezAlegria598 karma2013-10-07 17:58:30 UTC
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.
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MichaelLopezAlegria508 karma2013-10-07 17:56:42 UTC
A cat. But I'd make sure it's declawed before watching in person.
MichaelLopezAlegria486 karma2013-10-07 17:56:19 UTC
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 karma2013-10-07 18:06:45 UTC
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 karma2013-10-07 18:13:29 UTC
I wanted to be part of what I think is the key to the future of human spaceflight.
MichaelLopezAlegria258 karma2013-10-07 17:54:53 UTC
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 karma2013-10-07 17:50:55 UTC
Hi everyone! It's a little early, but I'm going to jump in. This is my first time on Reddit; be nice!
MichaelLopezAlegria236 karma2013-10-07 18:08:52 UTC
Is this an IQ test?
MichaelLopezAlegria226 karma2013-10-07 18:06:12 UTC
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 karma2013-10-07 17:53:46 UTC
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.
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