Imagine you’re taking two dogs to the mountains for the weekend. It might snow, and you want your dogs to have a jacket in case they duel a grizzly bear and need to keep warm. Both your dogs need medium sized jackets. Do you:
a) Make sure you have two medium jackets, and if not, buy one or two
b) Not bother to check at all and hope it somehow all works out
d) Ask your dogs for money
e) Skip your mountain trip and sit on your floor playing with your dogs as you drink beer
Most normal people would choose option (a). But apparently not NASA, you know, those people who are geniuses and make things go into space. Last week NASA announced that it would have it’s first all female spacewalk. Because apparently these diversity things matter to NASA when it currently doesn’t have a functional space vehicle with which to get it’s astronauts into orbit so we rely on the Russians.
But as it turns out they cannot conduct this two female spacewalk because, wait for it, they don’t have two medium sized spacesuits. This is not a joke. This is legitimately happening. Apparently NASA planned a complex dangerous spacewalk but didn’t bother to make sure they had two appropriate spacesuits. I mean how hard is this? One of the flight engineers could have asked her five year old to look at an inventory list and see the word ‘medium’ next to ‘spacesuit’ and make sure the number said at least two.
In related news, Boeing (that company that has problems lately), has now burned through north of $5B, yes billion, to produce a rocket that hasn’t flown once (and will probably never fly) and will take longer to produce than it took NASA to get to the Moon.
Man, this organization used to be the pinnacle of technology and awesome. But that was five decades ago. Now these folks probably lose their keys on their way to the parking lot.
Just disestablish NASA and give its entire budget to help fund STEM scholarships for poor kids. Let the commercial sector have a go at space awesomeness. They’ll do a cheaper, probably safer, and at least remember to look at an inventory list before planning a mission.
Have fun! Make sure you remember your airlock keys to get back into the station!