Thursday, January 13, 2005

I never like to let idiocy go unnoticed or uncommented on. Neal Boortz has on his daily news update a conversation with Newt Gingrich where they discuss the potential benefits of space travel. Newt indicates that America would be much further along if they were willing to accept the same level of risk that NASCAR does. Neal Boortz then goes onto comment that we make space travel "as safe as walking across your living room to pick up a magazine". Maybe someone should inform Neal and Newt that there have been a total of 113 space missions involving the current fleet of shuttles and two of them have ended in catastrophic fatal accidents. In case you can't do math that is one fatal accident per 56.5 missions or launches. That is a 1.7% chance of getting killed in space exploration. If 1.7% of NASCAR drivers were killed in fatal accidents, I don't think NASCAR would be around for very long. Morons.


At 1:00 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

I bet you didn't know that 1.7% of trips across the living room floor end up in death.
Also, astronauts don't get paid like NASCAR drivers do. Maybe they're willing to risk their lives like that, but they get fame, glory, and tons of cash. Astronauts only get known if they were real pioneers (Armstrong, Glenn) or died (McCaulife). Guess which category you're likely to fall in now that everyone is bored with space travel.

At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a particular fan of NASA's bloatedness, but feel they deserve a defence.

There are lots more NASCAR races than there are NASA launches, which gives more time for car people to test their stuff. Car driving is far more mature a field than space exploration, and it is unreasonable for us to expect the same level of safety.


At 1:30 PM, Blogger romeotheBT said...

I couldn't agree more. I think it is ridiculous to say, or expect that NASA has made space travel as safe as walking across the living room.

I have neither the time nor inclination to find out, but how many astronauts (not including repeat trips into space) have there been? Even if you assume a different crew for EVERY mission and an average size crew (say seven) then statistically around 2% have died during space missions. I'm guessing that is a FAR greater percentage than of NASCAR drivers that have died in races.

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

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At 1:37 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

I don't think anyone is beating up on NASA; I'm sure they don't like a 1.7% death rate either. In fact, I bet if you told a NASA guy/gal that they should be less safety-conscious, they would look at you like you're a total jerk, from what I understand they all feel very protective of the astronauts.

At 1:38 PM, Blogger romeotheBT said...

However; NASCAR is far from being the most dangerous autosport.


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