NASA has a plan for everything

at least in space.  Including a psychotic event by a astronaut in orbit:

Science and Space NewsCAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — What would happen if an astronaut became mentally unstable in space and, say, destroyed the ship’s oxygen system or tried to open the hatch and kill everyone aboard?

That was the question after the apparent breakdown of Lisa Nowak, arrested this month on charges she tried to kidnap and kill a woman she regarded as her rival for another astronaut’s affections.

It turns out NASA has detailed, written procedures for dealing with a suicidal or psychotic astronaut in space. The documents, obtained this week by The Associated Press, say the astronaut’s crewmates should bind his wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him down with a bungee cord and inject him with tranquilizers if necessary.

Interesting.  I can’t imagine what a chore wrestling with another in zero-g would be.  I’m guessing a choke-hold would be the only real option, but again, that’s just a guess.

And, who knew they take Haldol into space?


  1. LOL, sounds like “ER in space”

  2. Use number 1002 for duct tape.

    Baling wire, cresent wrench, pliers, and duct tape. McGyver’s survival kit.

  3. Oh, Duct tape, is there anything you can’t do?

  4. NoAcuteDistress says:

    Re the lady astronut:
    Wouldn’t an emergency bouquet of flowers work the best?