Motion Sickness In Space

Are you wondering how the sick astronaut is doing?

“We’re all keeping our fingers crossed for him to get better soon,” radioed Europe’s Mission Control near Munich, Germany. Schlegel has only flown once before in space, in 1993.NASA refused to give out any additional details, citing medical privacy. But it’s common knowledge that a majority of astronauts suffer from space motion sickness during their first few days in orbit.

Well, so are we all. NASA isn’t telling, that’s for sure.

If Britney Spears wants some privacy, I have a suggestion for her: get NASA to fly her to the space station.The space agency so vehemently protects the privacy of astronauts that even if they have to postpone a spacewalk, which costs something like a bazillion dollars a minute, because someone is sick, they won’t talk about it.

Even if the spacewalker, who has been training for more than a year, is sidelined, and a backup has to take his place, they won’t talk about it.

And even if the mission then has to be extended to make up for the extra day, they won’t talk about it.

In fact, those loyal folks at NASA will sit at a podium, look you straight in the eye and tell you that the medical situation has no impact to the mission.

I thnk we can assume that the German Astronaut barfed in the Space Station, which has got to be messy in 0-G. Perhaps he’s admitted to NASA that he’s not getting over the motion sickness that many astronauts fall prey to. That would be bad enough to go somewhat beyond “annoying”. It’s good that they respect his privacy, but NASA needs to know, however, that the taxpayers are more than a little interested in what’s going on.

Sigh. PR was never one of NASA’s strong suits.

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