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Praetorianus November 5th, 2017 4:57am

Scenario 2024: the ISS is about to be decommissioned/deorbited. You are an astronaut aboard. Your commander wants to stay, stating "a captain goes down with the ship". The crew meets to debate whether to force him to leave. You vote...

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Radon Parts Unknown
11/05/17 3:04 pm

As long as he's not forcing anyone else to, there shouldn't be a problem. Except for the control freaks out there who mistake their way of thinking for others.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
11/05/17 6:07 am

Obviously he has space insanity (yes, I just made that term up). Tie him up and float him to the return craft.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/05/17 5:55 am

Nobody who passed the screening process would be that stupid. Whether from exposure to space or some preexisting defect, that “Capitan” is no longer fit to command the “ship”, and should be relieved of duty - making his or her argument moot.

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
11/05/17 3:00 pm

Very reasonable but I wanted to create a moral dilemma which doesn't work if the crew can easily see the commander isn't just eccentric but at least momentarily not of a sound mind 😉

Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/05/17 3:56 pm

A person of sound mind would never contemplate a meaningless suicide, much less prepare for it. Now if the thing was calculated to be headed into a populated area below, and could be steered the "Captain of the ship" planning to sacrifice himself to protect others could be seen both as a duty and heroic.

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
11/05/17 9:02 pm

Yes, you're right and I yield to reason.
Have to make future polls Zodproof 😊

xxxceo Nationalist
11/05/17 2:07 am

Eh, it’ll give him purpose and make him happy. Whatever.
As long as I can leave.

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
11/05/17 5:33 am

In a way it is. A spaceship 😉

Wert A picture of my junk
11/05/17 1:21 am

I’m guessing it would go a little something like this...

PrinceDaemon The Bloodwyrm
11/05/17 12:09 am

The International Space Station!? Õ.o

Force that crazy asshole off. It's a relic. It's a research station, not a star destroyer. And it is not his to go down with. The ISS belongs to the international community.

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
11/04/17 11:40 pm

Finally a question with no party divide. 😎
I've actually imagined this scenario since 1979 when Skylab was deorbited.
I imagine the shuddering, buffeting, the heat building up.
The creaking and groaning of overstressed structure.
Then, the break 💀

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
11/04/17 11:42 pm

Sadly, this became real when Columbia disintegrated 😕

chinito Florida
11/04/17 11:09 pm

Captain goes down with the ship policy has not been done in decades. Nevertheless, the captain should make sure that everyone is out and safe before debarking.

chinito Florida
11/04/17 11:10 pm

So yes, I wouldn't let him commit suicide.

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
11/04/17 10:59 pm

I see no reason to question his decision.

11/05/17 12:05 am


Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
11/05/17 5:35 am

Of a well trained astronaut having advanced to ISS commander? Not likely.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
11/05/17 6:09 am

I’m telling you. It’s space insanity. Little alien bugs have taken over his brain. Lol lol