People don’t realize (…) we have abandonment plans every single day, if we get struck by a meteorite, or if the atmosphere gets contaminated, or if we have a fire. Even a simple little fire inside a small space like that, with the smoke… we plan to abandon the station all the time. So, one of our main jobs is NOT to abandon the space station. We have all sorts of procedures and plans, and back-up plans in place, and this one russian rocket not bringing its supplies up, sure, it just goes into the mix, and if anything went wrong for the next several months, then conceivably we would be safer to bring everybody home for a while, leave the station empty and then launch people, but we’re a LONG way from that, and I’m pretty sure, just like we always do, we’ll look at the problem, we’ll find the safest ways to proceed, we’ll make sure we take care of the crews onboard, and… if we have to abandon, we will, but that’s really unlikely at this point.
- Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, s’entraine actuellement pour prendre le commandement de l’ISS fin 2012 – expédition 35)
Tous droits réservés, extrait d’une excellente interview diffusée sur SUNNEWS le 1er septembre 2011 (regarder l’interview).