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Comment: Re:Hi, I'm the Doctor. Run for your life. (Score 1) 139

by TangoMargarine (#48198109) Attached to: Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Until recently nobody other than a Time Lord could manage to fly the TARDIS at all. Now I'm pretty sure the writers will say Clara could sit on the console and accidentally fly it better than the Doctor himself.

I suppose it's my own fault for thinking, "They couldn't possibly have a more annoying companion than Donna." CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

Comment: Re:um... ok (Score 1) 198

by TangoMargarine (#48186611) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Yeah, I was a bit confused at that "She still deserves to go" comment as well.

[...] Glenn lifted off for a second space flight on October 29, 1998. He took flight on Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-95. At age 77, Glenn became the oldest person to go into space. Glenn states in his memoir that he had no idea that NASA was willing to send him back into space when NASA announced the decision.[17] According to the New York Times, Glenn "won his seat on the shuttle flight by lobbying NASA for two years to fly as a human guinea pig for geriatric studies", which were named as the main reasons for his participation in the mission.[18]

Glenn's participation in the nine-day mission was criticized by some in the space community as a political favor granted to Glenn by President Clinton.[citation needed] Others noted that Glenn's flight offered valuable research on weightlessness and other aspects of space flight on the same person at two points in life 36 years apart—by far the longest interval between space flights by the same person—providing information on the effects of spaceflight and weightlessness on the elderly, with an ideal control.[citation needed] Shortly before the flight, researchers learned that Glenn had to be disqualified from one of the flight's two main priority human experiments (about the effects of melatonin) because he did not meet one of study's medical conditions; he still participated in two other experiments about sleep monitoring and protein use.

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