vendredi 5 février 2010

Interview de John Blaha, astronaute de la NASA qui a effectué 4 vols en tant que pilote - commandant de la navette et 1 vol longue durée sur MIR

John Blaha, ancien pilote de l'US Air Force, est un astronaute de la NASA sélectionné en 1980 dans le Groupe 9.
Il effectue 5 vols spatiaux : 2 en tant que Pilote de la Navette (STS-29 et STS-33), 2 vols en tant que Commandant de la Navette (STS-43 et STS-58).
Son 5ème vol est un vol de longue durée à bord de MIR où il restera 128 jours (MIR 22).
Il quitte la NASA en 1997.
Interview réalisée en 2008 concernant son premier vol STS-29 
How many years were you connected to the space program prior to your 1st flight, STS-29 ?
Eight years

How did you feel prior to the flight ?
Great and very very excited !
What kinds of sensations did you experienced during take-off ?
A lot of Power... Very lot of Power... !!!
Incredible... !!!

What does weightlessness feel like, and what did you think about during the flight ?
Great - Like you are flying ...

What were some of the problems you encountered and how did you fixed them ?
None - Except some little, very little problems...
All resolved by us or our ground team...

(Largage du satellite TDRS-D lors de STS-29)
What did you eat, and did it taste real ?
Some food I eat on planet Earth...
It was funny because I was in space and eating the same food as my family and friends in same time !
What was re-entry like ?

Were you glad to be back on Earth, or did you feel you could have spent the rest of your life up there ?
I could have stayed in space ...


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