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Is there some particular event you were involved with that stands out as a "This is why I do this" moment?I was the lead Flight Director for the SpaceX CRS-9 mission that brought the International Docking Adapter (IDA) to ISS in 2016. When we were trying to remove the IDA from Dragon's trunk, the tether on one of the bolts got caught on a handrail. It effectively tied the IDA into the Trunk. My amazing team of ROBOs, OSOs, the MER (Engineers), Canadian robotic experts, and SpaceX flight controllers and engineers worked together to very carefully and slowly untangle. There's no option to do a spacewalk inside the Trunk so we only had the SPDM robot, controlled by my ROBO flight controller, to get it unsnagged. Leading an amazing team to overcome challenges like that - that's why I do this. - Ed (Carbon Flight)
What has been the weirdest thing to happen while on the job? On a similar note, what was the coolest thing to happen?This one wins for both weirdest and coolest: we drank recycled urine in Mission Control to commemorate the final commissioning of the onboard systems that recycle urine and condensate into drinking water. (It tasted fine!)Courtenay McMillan Tranquility Flight
What movie had the most accurate depiction of NASA flight control?Apollo 13! We use that for training new flight controllers. And it is just an awesomely fun movie! Dr. Bob Galileo Flight