[FPSPACE] FW: Good article on secret shuttle missions

LARRY KLAES ljk4 at msn.com
Mon Jul 20 03:22:54 EDT 2009

NASA has a similar thing going on with acronyms.


There was an amusing episode of the animated version of The Tick

where an astronaut during a space mission made a spill and was told

to use the LAP, the Liquid Absorption Pad.


"You mean the paper towel?" the astronaut responded.


"Uh, yes," came the sheepish reply from Mission Control.



> Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 13:18:21 -0500
> From: jbcharle at gmail.com
> To: fpspace at friends-partners.org
> Subject: Re: [FPSPACE] FW: Good article on secret shuttle missions
> Ditto!
> Re: "Tab Echo"--despite what sounds like a top secret designation,
> that may just refer to the fifth ("echo" is the fifth letter in the
> radio alphabet) tab in a checklist book.
> The practice of giving astronauts obscure instructions instead of
> clear directions on the open air-to-ground link always amused me. In
> my youthful days as a principal investigator on biomedical experiments
> in space, we got accustomed to hearing Capcom tell the crew, "Please
> verify step 24" instead of, "Please go back and turn on the power,"
> when we were not getting a signal when the checklist and time line
> said we should (the flight director always seemed to act like it was
> our fault!). Less chance of public embarrassment and newspaper
> headlines about forgetful astronauts that way.
> John Charles
> Houston, Texas
> On Jul 19, 2009, at 1:29, "Brett Harrison" <routier at tpg.com.au> wrote:
> >
> > Great article!
> > "Tab Echo" - that could be in a sitcom.
> >
> > On Sun, 19 Jul 2009 07:46:26 +1000, Charles Vick
> > <cpvick at globalsecurity.org> wrote:
> >>
> >> http://www.airspacemag.com/space-exploration/Secret-Space-Shuttles.html?c=y&
> >> amp;page=1
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