Wolowitz astronauta

Na série The Big Bang Theory, o mais recente episódio teve como protagonista Wolowitz que vai ser astronauta.
Para isso, andou a treinar. Vejam o que os treinos na NASA fazem com ele 🙂

“Payload Specialist Howard Wolowitz is requested to report to the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, for astronaut training Monday 8:00 a.m.”

“I got to experience zero gravity.
You get in this plane that goes almost straight up for, like, 20 seconds, and then straight back down like it’s going to crash, and they do it over and over again, you know, no matter how many times you throw up.
And the craziest part is, because there’s no gravity, the throw-up kind of floats there… in a little ball, if your mouth is open because you’re screaming… sometimes it just floats right back in.
Boy, does everyone laugh at you when that happens.
I would have laughed, too, but I didn’t want the vomit to come back out.
Anyway…
Oh, could you do me a favor and overnight me some more underwear?
I got a look at the centrifuge they’re going to spin me around in tomorrow, and I have a hunch I packed a little light.”

“We did overnight survival training in the wilderness.
Big fun. Big, big fun.
I was gonna freshen up for you but I blacked out a little on the way to the bathroom.
– Survival training? Is that like camping?
Uh-huh. Except you don’t have food or water, and they don’t have a sunset Sabbath service like they do at Camp Hess-Kramer.
I slept in a hole I dug in the ground with my bare hands.
And at some point during the night, an armadillo crawled in and spooned me.
But I did it. I survived.
I wasn’t sure I was going to when the sandstorm hit. I just pulled my turtleneck up over my head and waited for death. But somehow as I sat there, wrapped in a cocoon of my own neck-sweat, I found that primal part of the human spirit that just wants to keep on living, no matter what the cost.
I ate a butterfly. It was so small and… beautiful, but I was so hungry.
– Are you crying?
No, I don’t think it’s possible. I’m severely dehydrated. My pee is like toothpaste.
I can’t quit. If I do, I’ll just be a guy who had a chance to be an astronaut and gave it up.
Send more underwear.”

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    • Dinis Ribeiro on 29/02/2012 at 21:08
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    As reacções “peculiares” dos amigos á carta e o pequeno (mesquinho?) debate “muito Português” sobre a questão dos (oh-eight-hundred 08:00) e as mudanças de assunto (devidas á inveja?) estão verdadeiramente muito bem apanhadas neste sketch…

    🙂

    No fundo, o treino de sobrevivência da NASA é (também) um “ritual de passagem”…

    … e o Wolowitz é muito cómico na sua enésima tentativa de se tornar um (heroi?) ou apenas um “homem adulto”, e daí a profunda ironia da sequência final na casa da mâezinha que está a preparar um banho quente…

    Ver: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rite_of_passage & http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritos_de_passagem

    Só mais alguma informação:

    Algumas pessoas podem perguntar: O que é o “vomit comet”?

    NASA has flown zero-g flights on various aircraft for many years. In 1959, Project Mercury astronauts trained in a C-131 Samaritan aircraft, which was dubbed the “Vomit Comet”.

    Twin KC-135 Stratotankers were used until December 2004 but have since been retired.

    One, a KC-135A known as NASA 930, was also used by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment for filming scenes involving weightlessness in the movie Apollo 13; that aircraft was retired in 2000 and is now on display at Ellington Field, near the Johnson Space Center.

    The KC-135A is estimated to have flown over 58,000 parabolas. The other (N931NA or NASA 931) made its final flight on October 29, 2004, and is permanently stored in the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

    Fonte: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduced_gravity_aircraft

    Sugiro também:

    The Real Survivors
    http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/postsecondary/features/F_The_Real_Survivors.html

    Lopez-Allegria says that sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impressions.

    When he went through similar expedition training as an astronaut candidate, he found that the simple task of brushing his teeth became a big chore.

    Arranging for the facilities, finding water, and disposing of the trash all became crucial parts of the mission.

    “I was struck by the planning and forethought required for such a simple self-management task,” he says. “That made a big impression – bigger, perhaps, than the larger jobs of staying afloat at sea or keeping warm in the snow.”

  1. Carlos,

    O artigo foi atualizado:

    http://www.astropt.org/2012/02/25/a-irracionalidade-dos-pseudos/comment-page-1/#comment-52907

    Peço sinceras desculpas pelo lapso: além do novo exercício proposto, afim de manter a aplicação da equação inicial do artigo, outrora deveria ter atualizado o quanto antes as correções do Coutinho e do Seixas – em virtude também de suas respectivas atenções. Já agora, estão inseridas.

    Voltarei ao meu trabalho. 😉

    Abraços.

    1. Em tempo: se possível, atualize no facebook para que os leitores vejam as correções de ambos os colaboradores (Coutinho/Seixas).

      😉

      1. Lido e divulgado no Facebook 😉

    • Paulo Albuquerque on 28/02/2012 at 03:13
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    Não perco um episodio dessa serie, aliás tenho as 5 series completas (até agora) bem guardadas.

    Sheldon is the Man!

    Ja agora só por curiosidade a atriz que cumpre o papel de Amy Farrah Fowler mas na realidade Mayim Hoya Bialik tem um Phd em neurosciencias.

    Um abraço!

    1. Pois tem.

      Infelizmente, deixou o PhD para seguir ideias pseudo 🙁
      http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2012/02/say_it_aint_so_amy_farrah_fowler.php

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