Just saw this story on the news. Basically this astronaut found out the guy she was in love with, also an astronaut, was dating someone else and she decided to kidnap the other woman. She drove all the way from Houston to Orlando to make it to the airport by the time the woman’s flight was getting in. The attempted kidnapper pepper sprayed the woman and wore a wig and a trench coat as a disguise. On the news they said she also wore a diaper while on her roadtrip to save time :eek:, but that’s not in the article for some reason. Bizarre. She’s certainly not someone I’d like to be stuck in a space shuttle with.
I was just coming here to post that. I’d have to say when I heard it on the news that I definitely had my WTF moment for the month. The bit about the diaper is mentioned in this report, and here’s her NASA bio. The whole thing is very bizarre.
You don’t suppose she could be suffering from… SPACE MADNESS?!
Remember, all astronauts wear diapers in spacesuits. Or, at least, the last time I checked they did. It’s about as unusual for one to wear one for a long drive as it would be for me to have a spare operating system somewhere around my person.
Yeah, but instead of jumping on a plane and using the restroom conveniently provided on the aircraft, and saving many, many hours in the process, she went to the store, got some diapers, then jumped into the car for a cross-country drive…so she could save time.
That space tourist who was going to go up dressed as a Gundam character doesn’t look that crazy now, does he?
Maybe it’s time to start that “Weird Astronaut Tricks” thread—so far I can think of Captain Adult-Undergarments here, the mission specialist who’s buried somewhere on Everest, and that Air Force X-15 pilot who went on to fly combat missions in 'Nam.
The first one I saw was the report linked in the second post.
To think that someone so wrong in the head (assuming the reports are correct etc etc) has made it all the way to Navy Captain is kind’a scary. For some reason I always hope that managers whose jobs include Things That Go Boom won’t be as dumb as the rest of humanity…
(Sorry, haven’t slept enough and that always makes me cranky)
The more disturbing possibility is that she’s been carrying diapers, pepper spray, rubber tubing, wig, trench coat, mallet, and knife in her car all along in anticipation of this type of situation arising.