Far from the madding crowd

by Grania

And now something to relax and soothe the brain after all the vexatious stuff.

If the ISS has done nothing else, its public outreach has provided humankind with a wealth of images.

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Dr. Kjell Norwood Lindgren is a NASA astronaut on the ISS since July this year. His team posed for this delightfully nerdy poster to commemorate their mission.

17 Comments

  1. Scott Draper
    Posted September 6, 2015 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    “team posed for this delightfully nerdy poster to commemorate their mission.”

    That’s why I decided not to be an astronaut.

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted September 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      Couldn’t stand photo-shoots, eh?

      Fair enough. 🙂

    • Filippo
      Posted September 6, 2015 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      I wonder what the poster would look like were it “delightfully jocky.”

  2. Merilee
    Posted September 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Darn – I keep reading ISS as
    ISIS😩

  3. EvolvedDutchie
    Posted September 6, 2015 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Looking at aurora borealis is still on my bucket list.

  4. Posted September 6, 2015 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Not too delightful, his team is alll guys.

    • rickflick
      Posted September 6, 2015 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      I was kind of sorry to see Samantha Cristoforetti leave orbit.

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 6, 2015 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    OK, that is the coolest NASA commemorative picture ever. You don’t agree?
    [Ominous music]
    I find your lack of faith disturbing.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted September 6, 2015 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

      I love it too!

      Why is nerdy an insult? It should be a compliment – most of the most interesting people are nerds.

      • Scott Draper
        Posted September 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

        But being a nerd doesn’t increase the probability of being interesting.

        Obsessing over Star Trek, Star Wars, comic books, or Dungeons and Dragons is a bad sign.

        • Filippo
          Posted September 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

          Does being a jock (or for that matter a CEO or a Kanye Westesque “artist”) increase the probability of being interesting?

          • Scott Draper
            Posted September 6, 2015 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

            An interesting person is one who can convey knowledge in a way that is meaningful to the listener. I’ve run into carpenters who could do this and test pilots who could not.

            Nerds tend to lack the social skills to do this effectively, because it does require an ability to get into the head of the listener.

            Being a jock doesn’t mean that you aren’t a nerd. If all you do and think about is football, you’re a football nerd and just as boring as the guy learning to speak Klingon.

            So, to answer your question, it depends.

            • Mark Sturtevant
              Posted September 6, 2015 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

              That is a good point. Especially on carpenters and small engine mechanics, in my personal experience. They can be amazingly wise and intelligent.

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted September 8, 2015 at 12:14 am | Permalink

          Liking Star Trek is good – obsessing is bad!

    • Sciencefictionfan
      Posted September 7, 2015 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      A fine poster! Thank you very much, I like it.

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Thomas Hardy approves your title.

  7. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    So, if one of Mission 45 needs to do an EVA (“Open the pod bay doors, HAL”) to fix something in the supports for the solar panels, will he have gone over to the dark side?


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