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They've been vague about how Howard is flying. NASA astronauts are classified as pilots or as mission specialists. NASA also flies payload specialists who aren't NASA astronauts. AFAIK, NASA only screens payload specialists for physical condition. By definition, payload specialists are unique talents who are essential for mission success or are forced on to NASA by an outside party; otherwise, NASA would train one of its mission specialist astronauts for the project. NASA has plenty of its own people who want to go.


I wonder if they will get married while he is in space! That would be very cool! Loved this show.


As the show was renewed for three years at the beginning of this year, it seems there is plenty of time for the roommate situations to change around and change back several more times, as the writers see fit. This is one of those shows where the writers say that it is made up as they go along; there is no overall plan, as there is on HIMYM.

I fall into the "like-Amy" camp, and I was amused to see her using her job skills to forward her relationship with Sheldon. I admire her gumption. She is going after what she wants, and doing it very cleverly.

Leonard and Penny belong together, but I agree that was bad timing. What do you tell the kids ten years hence when they ask about the circumstances of the proposal? Dicey.

It would be wonderful if they figure out a way to have both the marriage and the launch into space. Glad I am not a writer....


I feel bad for raj. He's cute, has money and a British accent. He needs to pay for some seriously expensive therapy and fix his girl fear! So he can finally hook steady b4 he is left behind. Even Sheldon has a girl friend and I wasn't even sure he like girls, people or anything human!


@ 47: I think Howard passed the psych eval because he was all big and bad and ready for space until he started training 4 space. Remember how beat up he was when he started the training? Things psychies change after being physically defeated!


Good episode. Why didn't Howard get out of the space mission? Why didn't his fear of spacetravel come up in his psych eval?


Gahhh hilarious episode.... Cooooookie!!!!! Such a great show


I loved this episode, and was glad that Penny and Leonard didn't break up. We're seeing a new side to Sheldon, and that's great too. Intellectually he knows he's being played but yet, he can't get his foot out of the trap - and actually kind of likes it there. The definition of a conundrum. I just can't see their relationship going any further than that though: her seducing him with strawberry drinks and him gasping about being in hell as he partakes. : )

I didn't see the Howard thing either - he'd been harping all season about going on the space mission, and fighting his mother and Bernadette both about it, and now that the time is here, he's deathly afraid to go. I'm guessing the cliffhanger for the last episode will be him saying "Moscow, we've got a problem..."

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