And this, methinks, is why he has an entire team of specialists and spotters, and why they do rehearsals of *everything* risky they plan to do in those enclosures. If you had minimum 5 people (specialists, no less) standing back, watching you work, would you have been able to pull that disk drive out and cause the memory loss?
It's still possible to have screw ups no matter how many people are watching. However, to make the point that even professionals, including large numbers of professionals, make mistakes, take the break up of shuttle Columbia. How many people were there on the ground and in the shuttle trying to ensure a safe take off and landing? A lot more than five. And they actually *did* see what caused the craft to break up in descent, before the descent. Yet, not only did they fail to fix it, they failed to recognize that it could be a problem. Actually, one or two people noticed but weren't taken seriously. This is why we aren't sending infants and schoolteachers into orbit (anymore). Yeah, things usually work out fine, but when they don't you've just lost the farm. Yes, that kid could have been perfectly fine, but you just don't take the risk if you don't have to.
There's no meaningful thing that that infant could have gotten out of that situation at all. Steve might have, but the child certain did not, and if there's nothing for the child to gain by this, then there's no justification for exposing it to even a modicum of danger.
Edited by Uncle Sid, 03 January 2004 - 01:21 AM.