How to dress for the Space Shuttle’s big day
On a Monday afternoon in December 2003, NASA’s space shuttle Atlantis was still carrying off its maiden mission to the International Space Station.
The mission had just flown its first flight with the Russian Soyuz rocket, the same one that would launch a Russian crew capsule and return the crew to Earth in 2021.
The Soyuz had already completed a test flight, and the mission was still a work in progress.
The next step for the capsule would be its first spacewalk.
But as Atlantis was preparing to set off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for its flight to the space station, the capsule’s robotic arm had malfunctioned.
Its robotic arm fell apart, and it was left to float on the surface of the ocean for a week before it was recovered and towed to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Atlantis was then brought back to Earth on March 25, 2004, with the help of two Russian Soyutov spacesuits and a crew capsule from the Baiki Soyuz.
The space shuttle would end its service to the international space station that Friday, April 1.
In the days that followed, the mission would be celebrated as the first ever commercial crew mission.
But for some, the journey was just another day at the office.
A series of news reports, blog posts and YouTube videos began highlighting the bizarre experiences of some of the space shuttle’s first astronauts.
The story began in March 2005, when astronaut Mark “Joe” Krikorian, who had spent the previous nine months aboard the space lab, made a comment on YouTube that caused a stir.
“I was just about to say hello to the Russians on the way to the station and the Russians thought I was a Russian spy and wanted me to give them the ‘red flag’ that they were going to take us back to the Soviet Union, and that’s when I started talking about the red flag.
They were thinking, Oh, you’re going to be back in the Soviet system, right?
And I said, no, I’m just talking about what the Russians think about you,” Krikorians first post read.
“The Russians just looked at me, and they said, No, no.
No, you don’t talk like that, it’s not appropriate.
So, that was the beginning of my downfall.”
It wasn’t the first time Krikors comments had been reported by the public, but it was the first of many.
The news media quickly picked up the story, and several news organizations began reporting that Krikians comment was an example of the Russian government using its control over the space program to further its own agenda.
On April 3, 2005, NASA released a statement in which the agency acknowledged that Krakorian’s comment had “created an uncomfortable and unnecessary atmosphere” and apologized to him for it.
The agency said that Krikaorian “remains an individual who has a unique perspective and has made some important contributions to space exploration and science, but he has not always treated others with respect.”
In his apology, NASA stressed that Kirkorian’s comments had not violated any laws or regulations.
But in June 2006, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee issued a report stating that NASA had used its political influence to suppress the views of its astronauts.
In addition to the Senate report, Krikias account was the subject of a lengthy documentary film about the astronaut, titled “Mark Krikorum.”
That film, released in late 2005, included audio recordings of Krikoria’s comments.
At one point in the film, he states that he has been told by his superiors that “the Russians will not take us to the moon” and that “they have been warned.”
He also says that the Russians “will take us anywhere they want, because they know we will not go to the Moon.”
He says that he was told by one of his superiors, who also worked for the space agency, that “this was the way they were operating.”
Krikaryns views of the Russians became even more negative after his comments surfaced.
The documentary also showed clips of Krakorum telling NASA officials about the Russians’ comments.
He also wrote on YouTube, “I don’t think they [the Russians] are really as smart as they appear.”
Krakorians views of Russia, according to the documentary, also became even less positive, after he said he had been told that Russia was planning to “sabotage” the U of A’s relationship with NASA.
Krikoryns comments about the Russian space program became so damaging that he decided to leave NASA in early 2007.
His departure was controversial, not only because of his comments, but because he had worked on the project with the United States, and because his comments were viewed as an attack on the space industry.
It was also controversial because Krikories views of Russians were viewed by many as a direct attack on NASA.
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