mercredi 23 décembre 2009

Interview avec Brian Duffy, astronaute et Pilote / Commandant de la navette spatiale lors des missions STS-45, 57, 72 et 92

Brian DUFFY est un astronaute de la NASA sélectionné en 1985 dans le groupe 11. Ancien pilote d'essai de l'US Air Force, il a effectué 4 missions spatiales dont 2 en tant que Commandant (dont le 100ème vol d'une navette).
Actuellement responsable du Programme Altaïr (le futur alunisseur) chez Lockheed Martin
Interview réalisée en 2009
Q : How many years were you connected to the space program before your 1st flight ?
A : I'd been at NASA for nearly 7 years before I flew the first time.
Q : How did you feel prior the flight ?
A : Very excited at the thought of leaving the planet, and I felt lucky and privileged to be doing what I was doing.
Q : What kinds of sensations did you experienced during the take-off ?
A : Amazing acceleration that didn't stop. The g's varied during the profile, but they were very impressive.
Q : What does weightlessness feel like, and what did you think about during the flight ?
A : It feels pretty normal, particularly after being in space for a couple of days. I loved looking at Earth and I thought of my family quite a bit.
Q : What were some of the problems you encountered and how did you fixed them ?
A : No real problems on my first flight, just routine things.
Q : What did you eat and did it taste real ?
A : We choose our own menu and it differs by meal and by day. I enjoyed the food, particularly the shrimp cocktail because it was very spicy.
Q : What was Re-entry like ?
A : Coming back in to land is like nothing you've ever seen or's surreal what you see and feel.
Q : Were you glad to be back on Earth, or did you feel you could have spent the rest of your life up there ?
A : I was glad to be back to see my family, but anxious to go again (which I did 3 more times). I'd go back to space in a minute.

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