Don’t Leave Home Without It

By now, most folks have heard about the recent experiences of the American astronauts who finally returned to Earth a couple of days ago. They had been stranded on the International Space Station after the Columbia disaster, and hitched a ride home on a Russian Soyuz space vehicle. Their craft landed a couple of hundred miles off-target, which may serve to illustrate the wisdom behind the following bit of crew provisioning :

Eleven years before that, two cosmonauts overshot their touchdown site by 2,000 miles and found themselves deep in a forest with hungry wolves. That’s when Russian space officials decided to pack a sawed-off shotgun aboard every spacecraft.

Plus, they are well protected against hijackers and as a bonus will have half a chance if they should ever land on the planet of the apes.

1 thought on “Don’t Leave Home Without It”

  1. There are no known cases of wolves killing
    or eating adult humans. :o)
    Still, that’s no reason not to supply a
    spaceship with firearms.

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