Great post by NASA’s Wayne Hale on his blog regarding conjuctions, or close encounters between the Space Shuttle and space junk. Â When a conjunction is going to occur during the crew sleep period and there is sufficient reason to believe there will not be a collision, mission controllers will set a timer to expire at the Time of Closest Approach and everyone would hope they did their math correctly. Â This happened three times during Wayne’s tenure in Mission Control. Â His quote:
So as we waited for the clock to count to zero, there was plenty of time to contemplate metaphysical topics:Â Â life, death, courage, risk, achievement, probability, dishonor.Â Â They are all fellow travelers, intimately bound together.Â Â No great accomplishment comes without difficulty or risk.Â Â Miscalculation or failure results in death and dishonor.Â Â But it is what it is; you do the best you can, make the best rational choice you can given what you know, and then wait for the result.
Going to Las Vegas holds no enticement for me.
I follow Wayne Hale on twitter (@waynehale) and I am always impressed with his insights and thoughts on the space program.