New Science Channel series documents close calls in space in an attempt to give viewers a look into the scarier part of space travel. The Science Channel, owned by the Discovery Communications media company, is set to air the new series, called “Secret Space Escapes” on November 10th.
The focus of the new show will be to disclose the dangers astronauts can face and have faced while on space missions. Although going to space can sound like a great adventure and lots of fun, there is also a great amount of risk involved in it. The dangers of space travel may not be fully appreciated by audience members and the show aims to educate the public on how risky it can actually be.
There are many reasons to think that space travel is amazing and fun, but often times people forget that it can also have less than favorable outcomes for the astronauts participating in them.
The reason why many members of the public don’t know how dangerous it is could be that the unexpected incidents that happen in space are often minimized at the time. Space agencies don’t want to scare the families of the astronauts and try to avoid the bad publicity, as astronauts are trained to fix the problems and carry on with their missions.
Astronaut Jerry Linenger, one of the professionals that the series follows and documents, explains that close calls are bound to happen in any situation where it is required to operate at the edge of human capacity.
He goes on to say that, although he’s seen quite a few close calls during his career as an astronaut, he and his colleagues are usually capable of fixing the problems and come out of dangerous situations successfully. However they are challenging situations nevertheless and people overlook that often times.
And Jerry Linenger knows what a close call looks like, as his own story is to be featured in the series. It happened when he and the five other people on board of the Russian space station Mir had to put out a fire back in 1997. The incident is the best example for how the incident was minimalized at the time, as Russian press reports compared it to no more than a cigarette burning.
But the reality of the situation was different: it was the size of a sparkling blowtorch and it was so hot that it melted metal. Linenger shares a common mentality with other astronauts featured on the series when it comes to close calls: and that is that the importance of the missions they are on far outweigh the dangers that they face and that, after all, they are left with wonderful memories.
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