NASA plan for unstable astronaut -- duct tape, bungee cord, tranquilizers

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#1

"CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) – What would happen if an astronaut became mentally unstable in space and, say, destroyed the ship’s oxygen system or tried to open the hatch and kill everyone aboard?

That was the question after the apparent breakdown of Lisa Nowak, arrested this month on charges she tried to kidnap and kill a woman she regarded as her rival for another astronaut’s affections.

It turns out NASA has detailed, written procedures for dealing with a suicidal or psychotic astronaut in space. The documents, obtained this week by The Associated Press, say the astronaut’s crewmates should bind his wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him down with a bungee cord and inject him with tranquilizers if necessary."

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/02/23/astronaut.plan.ap/index.html


:bigsmile: That’s messed up…LOL

Can’t you just image a box in the wall that says, “Break Glass in Case of Psycho Astronaut”.


#2

What did the world do before duct tape?


#3

I’m not surprised they have procedures for that kind of thing. I think most corporations have a procedure - although it usually involves escorting the person from the workplace rather than duct taping them :eek:
Personally, if I was stuck in a shuttle with someone going through “instability”, then I’d be glad of the duct tape. :iagree:


#4

They used Nails and big crosses.