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Programmer For Endeavor Now Crew On Final Flight 68

Posted by timothy
from the geek-makes-good dept.
Lucas123 writes "Greg Chamitoff, a computer programmer who wrote software for NASA's Endeavour spacecraft, will be blasting off on shuttle's final 15-day flight as a mission specialist on Friday. Chamitoff, who created software focused on spacecraft analysis and maneuver optimization, will operate the space station's robotic arm, and he'll also take part in two spacewalks."
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Programmer For Endeavor Now Crew On Final Flight

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  • Damn fool (Score:5, Funny)

    by elrous0 (869638) * on Thursday April 28, 2011 @04:44PM (#35968498)

    Hasn't he seen a single science fiction movie?!?!? He'll be the comic-relief nerdy guy on the crew, who the pretty astronaut just regards as a friend, who gets killed about two-thirds the way through the mission--after providing a few laughs and some expertise in getting the escape shuttle at the abandoned space station online. No way is he going to make it to the sequel mission.

  • by ajlitt (19055) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @04:57PM (#35968682)

    Yeah, but talk about dogfooding...

  • by rsborg (111459) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @05:00PM (#35968754) Homepage

    From the greatest non-trek trek movie [imdb.com]:

    [the crew is on a shuttle descending to an alien planet]
    Guy Fleegman: I changed my mind. I wanna go back.
    Sir Alexander Dane: After the fuss you made about getting left behind?
    Guy Fleegman: Yeah, but that's when I thought I was the crewman that stays on the ship, and something is up there, and it kills me. But now I'm thinking I'm the guy who gets killed by some monster five minutes after we land on the planet.
    Jason Nesmith: You're not gonna die on the planet, Guy.
    Guy Fleegman: I'm not? Then what's my last name?
    Jason Nesmith: It's, uh, uh - -I don't know.
    Guy Fleegman: Nobody knows. Do you know why? Because my character isn't important enough for a last name, because I'm gonna die five minutes in.
    Gwen DeMarco: Guy, you have a last name.
    Guy Fleegman: DO I? DO I? For all you know, I'm "Crewman Number Six"! Mommy... mommy...
    Sir Alexander Dane: Are we there yet?

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