Houston, We Have a Psycho . . .


It's nice to know it didn't take a soggy-diapered, pepper-spraying astronut like which hell hath no fury for NASA to wonder, "Gee, what if one of the best-of-the-best loses it on orbit?"

This from the Associated Press today:


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- What would happen if an astronaut became mentally unstable in space and, say, destroyed the ship's oxygen system or tried to open the hatch and kill everyone aboard?

That was the question after the apparent breakdown of Lisa Nowak, arrested this month on charges she tried to kidnap and kill a woman she regarded as her rival for another astronaut's affections.

It turns out NASA has detailed, written procedures for dealing with a suicidal or psychotic astronaut in space. The documents, obtained this week by The Associated Press, say the astronaut's crewmates should bind his wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him down with a bungee cord and inject him with tranquilizers if necessary.

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No mention of what to do if a love triangle develops in space.

-- Ward

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