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Reality TV "Astronauts" Lift Off

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the where-do-you-find-people-this-stupid dept.

Television 644

RJG writes "In the latest reality show on British TV, three British "space tourists" last night succesfully blasted off on a five day mission and are currently orbiting the earth 200 miles up. Or so they think. And to forestall the first question. They aren't experiencing weightlessness due to a combination of being in a low orbit (rather than outer space where the weightlessness is) and a few under-floor gravity generators."

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America has officially lost its monopoly on stupid (5, Funny)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248593)



Well, at least it's nice to be reassured that stark raving idiocy isn't an exclusively American trait. Apparently, any prospective 'astronaut' who showed even the slightest glimmer of comprehension of the rudimentaries of physics was automatically disqualified. leaving us with the pick of the litter...people who are stupid enough to believe that 'gravity generators' exist, and that exposure to 'near space' will make you shorter and increase your lung capacity.

Now add to the mix a psycho Russian pilot:
Pilot Yevgeny Ivanovich joined the passengers for breakfast, and was asked about the colour painted on his finger. He told them it was a superstition of his. In faltering English he tried to explain his reliance on superstition. "The devil's strokes are sexy. He likes to be somebody sexy, the devil."

He told them that every day he's in space he paints another finger.
...and the hilarity practically writes itself. In fact, perhaps the only way this show could get any more entertaining is if the viewing public were allowed to vote on which indignity the 'astronauts' would have to suffer next.

Re:America has officially lost its monopoly on stu (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248630)

I dunno, given the choice between being on this show and rioting after yet another 1-1 soccer tie, I think I'd choose being on this show.

Re:America has officially lost its monopoly on stu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248656)

Uhm, if you are in orbit, you would experience weightlessness nomatter how far you are above the earth.

Re:America has officially lost its monopoly on stu (3, Insightful)

Zenaku (821866) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248733)

And no matter how low they fly, they'll still be over your head.

Re:America has officially lost its monopoly on stu (1)

MROD (101561) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248678)

I imagine that part of the selection process included an IQ test with only those without GCSE's and an IQ below 50 allowed to take part. Otherwise the contestants might be able to work out that it was a hoax.

OMG - I'm going to cry (-1)

lilmouse (310335) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248707)

This is so sad.

So, so, so sad.

And how did this make science.slashdot.org?

A sad tail.

Sad sad sad...

<goes to wipe his whiskers clean>

--LWM

Re:America has officially lost its monopoly on stu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248737)

that sure was infor/\/\ative!

Re:America has officially lost its monopoly on stu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248812)

Well, it is from Rip Aster Onkey.

The "Casting Call" episodes must be the best (4, Insightful)

ianscot (591483) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248752)

Apparently, any prospective 'astronaut' who showed even the slightest glimmer of comprehension of the [rudiments] of physics was automatically disqualified.

No kidding. We don't need to watch the Capricorn One sequences in which these nitwits are faked out by the producers; just show us the moments when a prospective "space tourist" showed that glimmer of intelligence and skepticism, only to be promptly whisked from the room to avoid contaminating the other hopefuls. As with American Idol (supposedly), the early elimination rounds would be the most watchable.

But I never watched "Idol" because the idea of the early shows bugs me, and I hate this, actually.

A show in which people volunteered to go through a *real* space training program, say the equivalent of NASA shuttle crew training, could have been interesting and would have taught the audience something. It also could easily have put the audience through the same voyeuristic "look at human nature" experience reality shows are supposed to be good for. (Whatever.)

Instead we get yet another show by, for, and about mean and stupid people. What's the point of tricking the dufuses this way, other than to ridicule them and to show you can do it? That's sociopathic programming. Oh, wait... Maybe that's the "reality" part.

Re:America has officially lost its monopoly on stu (5, Funny)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248781)

We must act immediately to close the Stupid Gap!

Re:America has officially lost its monopoly on stu (1)

Morky (577776) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248834)

I say, Dr. Merkwurdigeliebe, an interesting idea you have there.

Re:America has officially lost its monopoly on stu (0, Flamebait)

ndansmith (582590) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248803)

No way! Many American reality shows and even the concept of reality tv are borrowed from Great Britain. Yes, though many Americans would hate to admit it, the US is still culturally reactive to Britain and Europe at large.

We didn't lose the monopoly (2, Funny)

rsilvergun (571051) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248819)

they licensed the patent.

Re:America has officially lost its monopoly on stu (5, Insightful)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248883)

At least they're making fun of their stupid people, we tend to put our morons on pedestals.

Dramatic Final Episode (5, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248596)

The last episode will be the best one, when the TV show fakes a leak in the station and they have five minutes to decide which of the three gets the two working space suits. Sort of like Lord of the Flies in space. I bet they will think it is soooooo funny when they find out it is just a TV show.

Re:Dramatic Final Episode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248623)

I thought the last episode is where they try to join the 100 Mile High club, only to find out that it's actually just 100mm.

Re:Dramatic Final Episode (5, Interesting)

vague disclaimer (861154) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248640)

You are of course labouring under the illusion that the whole thing isn't a hoax on the viewer.

Re:Dramatic Final Episode (1)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248841)

You are of course labouring under the illusion that the whole thing isn't a hoax on the viewer.

Gods, I hope so. If they're really pulling this sort of "prank", I hope the producers get sued for every penny. No, scratch thatt - I hope they get sued and then criminally prosecuted for fraud.

Re:Dramatic Final Episode (5, Interesting)

hobbit (5915) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248796)

And then... the final twist. [coolsmartphone.com]

Big Brother Space Edition... (3, Funny)

matr0x_x (919985) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248598)

So how long before other reality TV shows start happening in space? I can see it now, people being voted off the space station every week...

Re:Big Brother Space Edition... (1)

MROD (101561) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248650)

It's a pity that the name "Spaced" has been already taken for a TV show in that case.

Re:Big Brother Space Edition... (1)

Nightspark (938372) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248683)

I think an actual "reality" show involving outer space could be interesting if done right. Not like they'd be allowed on the ISS, but make them fight to be on a SpaceShipTwo, or even just make them do challenges on a parabolic flight.

Re:Big Brother Space Edition... (4, Informative)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248756)

Somebody missed the season finale of Doctor Who (2-parter) where there was literally a Big Brother set in space. (FWIW, there was also a Weakest Link in space.)

ha! (0, Flamebait)

Beatbyte (163694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248599)

Finally proof they're just as stoopid as us Americanos :D

Re:ha! (1)

dfn5 (524972) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248741)

Finally proof they're just as stoopid as us Americanos :D

Its Britain, not Mexico. Therefore, they're just as stoopid as us Yanks.

Re:ha! (1)

errxn (108621) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248828)

...just as stoopid as us Americanos :D

How's THAT for a self-evident statement?

Wightlessnes? (1)

bamf (212) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248600)

I suppose space is quite a long way from the Isle of Wight :)

Re:Wightlessnes? (2, Funny)

jeblucas (560748) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248735)

...if it's not too dear.

"reality" TV? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248607)

so remind me why it's called that, again? Because it's "real"?

Re:"reality" TV? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248636)

Because in reality people are stupid

Sounds like a blast! (2, Funny)

RileyLewis (826273) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248610)

For once, a reality show sounds like a blast! I hope it rockets right up to the top of the ratings!

Just wait (1)

enrac (681907) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248612)

till they ask to look out the windows

View out the windows (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248655)

I read (can't remember exactly where) that they were putting super high definition screens in the windows to play bogus orbital footage. Supposedly the screens are equivalent to what are used for movie effects production.

Re:View out the windows (1)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248693)

That doesn't make any sense at all. If they moved their heads they would be able to tell that what they were seeing was immediately outside the window.

Re:View out the windows (1)

shigelojoe (590080) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248801)

Just tell them that in addition to the artificial gravity generators installed the floor they also have parallax [wikipedia.org] stabilizers installed in the windows. If that doesn't convince 'em, throw in something about tachyons. Hey, it worked for "Star Trek"!

Re:Just wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248669)

Apparently they are planning to let them look out the windows, but they couldn't open the window visors because there was a moth flying around on the set they had created.

Re:Just wait (2, Informative)

swilde23 (874551) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248672)

From the about [channel4.com] page
When the cadets look out of the cockpit window, they'll see a distant earth, thanks to meticulous visual effects.

To qualify, participants... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248614)

...had to fail a drug test, physics test, and IQ test.

gravity generators? (4, Funny)

at_18 (224304) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248638)

...gravity generators

Sure proof that those onboard deserve to be laughed at, assuming that they aren't paid actors.

Re:gravity generators? (2, Insightful)

tocs (866673) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248804)

... Reality Shows

The viewing public deserves to be laughed at...

Re:gravity generators? (2, Informative)

n3k5 (606163) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248823)

Sure proof that those onboard deserve to be laughed at, assuming that they aren't paid actors.
Some of them are, in order to make the scam more believable for the rest. Which where not explicitly cast for their stupidity by the way, but, as you'd expect, for their boundless gullibility. Of course, people who have the slightest comprehension of physics were also ruled out. The production team also interviewed family members or close friends to rule out people who are likely to be exceedingly pissed when they find out the truth. So the victims are actually treated much better than those in a show that plays pranks on random people who aren't even aware of the cameras. Of course, what all of this means is: yes indeed, they absolutely deserve to be laughed at.

Re:gravity generators? (4, Insightful)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248843)

assuming that they aren't paid actors

Good, good. You're beginning to get the picture...

Re:gravity generators? (1)

harpep (923587) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248852)

Don't know what the question is. Our artificial gravity generators, while noisy at times, seem to be functioning well.

Oh, and I'll be jumping into my time machine now so I'll be the first one to post on this...

Re:gravity generators? (1)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248873)

Sure proof that those onboard deserve to be laughed at, assuming that they aren't paid actors.

Oh, bullshit. Ignorance of physics is sad reflection of the state of science education, not something that a person deserves to be humiliated about.

under-floor gravity generators (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248639)

I don't care about the rest, I want details about this little imaginary piece of machinery.

Hmm (1)

idonthack (883680) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248641)

No windows I guess?

Re:Hmm (3, Funny)

j-cloth (862412) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248728)

nope. the simulator runs Solaris.

And if it ran windows (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248882)

They would run for the space suits when they saw the Windows BSOD displayed on the window.

Retards in space. (2, Funny)

cttforsale (803028) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248642)

and the public laps it up...

Some Quotes From the Site (3, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248644)

So they're setting these people up to be made idiots in front of entire nations of television watchers.

At first I was disgusted from the initial appearance of this show, and unfortunately after a few quotes from the profiles such as these:
Andrew is also scared of moths.
Astrid's had a boyfriend for the last 6 months and claims she has lots of friends. She's an adventurous girl who dreams of riding in a Formula 1 car.
He believes in reincarnation and wants to return as a golden eagle. Billy does not believe in ghosts but claims to have seen an alien.
Keri's strangest job was dressing up as a human eyeball to promote Specsavers. Other unusual achievements include being able to put her fist in her mouth.
Ryan is happiest when he has no responsibility, but he has big plans for the future - so watch out world!
I realize that this will probably be an instant success. It appears to be on a UK channel but I'm guessing it will be picked up and aired in the states.

I guess when you put people like this together, you have a formula for an instant TV hit (like every reality show before it). Am I allowed to hate this show if it's making light of the people I dislike the most in this world?

If you disagree that it's going to be a hit, check out the 9 pages of posts on its bulletin boards.

Also to note, there are posts on the bulletin [channel4.com] that this may be a hoax on the viewing public. Just relaying that speculation.

Re:Some Quotes From the Site (1)

Shawn is an Asshole (845769) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248775)

Keri's strangest job was dressing up as a human eyeball to promote Specsavers. Other unusual achievements include being able to put her fist in her mouth.

Sounds like my kind of girl!

Laughing at the handicapped (1)

Peter Trepan (572016) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248783)

Most people wouldn't point and laugh at retarded kids, and the difference between them and these guys is only a matter of degree. How high an IQ does someone have to have before it's okay to mock them for being stupid?

Re:Laughing at the handicapped (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248839)

it's the difference between retarded and stupid.

If one can't learn because one is unable to, that's not funny.

If one doesn't learn because one has no interests other than looking good for the opposite sex, their ignorance is their fault and we can laugh at them.

Re:Laughing at the handicapped (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248851)

II think I should point out that sometimes low IQ comes about by free choices people have made in their life.

Go ahead and laugh at them, I'll admit to laughing at them.

But I would never point and laugh at people who have honestly tried or have been mentally inhibited through either deseases, defects or someone else's choices.

Re:Some Quotes From the Site (1)

cttforsale (803028) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248794)

It will have to be over-dubbed or sub-titled...

Re:Some Quotes From the Site (1)

chowells (166602) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248875)

Or all they all actors, making a fool out of the viewing public?

For safety's sake... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248649)

I hope they brought an inanimate carbon rod.

the producers believe the players think this? (4, Insightful)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248654)

The lesson here is the same one as in the U.S. with Jay Leno's Tonight Show: You get to be on TV if you can act like you are really stupid.

*sigh* gravity generators (2, Insightful)

luvirini (753157) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248658)

Seems indeed that many people are stupid.. if we could manipulate gravity.. would not likely need rocket engines..

not to mention the fact that a TV show would not be first one to have them for real.. :)

Re:*sigh* gravity generators (1)

lilmouse (310335) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248837)

You, sir, can leave the building! Please don't talk to any other "astronauts" on your way out.

--The Administration.

Re:*sigh* gravity generators (1)

hobbit (5915) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248854)


A rocket engine is a gravity manipulation device.

yeat another oxymoron (2)

plopez (54068) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248660)

Reality television. 'nuff said...

Heavy, man! (5, Funny)

oddaddresstrap (702574) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248674)

"They aren't experiencing weightlessnes due to ... a few under-floor gravity generators." - "gravity generators" like, for instance, the EARTH?

Re:Heavy, man! (2, Funny)

MROD (101561) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248822)

Nah, everyone knows that Star Trek is real and that all space ships and space stations have gravity plating under the desk plating. It must be true, it's on the telly!

Of course this will mean that to survive the contestants will have to use the ParticleOfTheWeek to thwart the danger. eg. The quantum bozo-on emissions will need to be deflected using the primary communication array, or somesuch.

Re:Heavy, man! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248824)

ROTFLMAO
I'm out of mod-points today, other wise I'd give ya one. Thanks for the laugh.

Why do you doubt us?? (2, Funny)

OctoberSky (888619) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248677)

"...rather than outer space where the wightlessnes is"

News for Nerds? I think you can safely assume that the Slashdot crowd understand where wightlessness occurs.

Re: Weightlessness (1)

OctoberSky (888619) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248720)

Damnit, I fell right into your evil plan of slowly taking over the world by encouraging missplelling.
Fellow Slashdotters you are now allowed to put me on ignore, for I have fallen prey to the lies that fall within the headlines.

Re:Why do you doubt us?? (1)

SenatorOrrinHatch (741838) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248764)

Certainly not on the Isle of Wight, that's for sure!

The brilliant thing is.. (1)

EvilMonkeySlayer (826044) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248694)

It shows just how gullible people can be.

For example, in order to explain why when they go into space yet experience gravity and no above normal g-force on take off. They were given a talk on the "artificial gravity generators" which give the shuttle an artificial gravity, despite breaking the laws of physics.

The amazing thing is they not only bought that up but everything else, it shows just how gullible (and poorly educated, guess it says lots about the education system) people are.

News for Nerds? Stuff that matters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248698)

I used to come to slashdot to get away from my co-workers blabbering about their favorite reality TV show over at the water cooler. I guess the joke's on me. Reality TV has invaded yet another aspect of my life. How about an Ask Slashdot on how we nerds can cease this relentless plague and restore balance to the Force?

I'm in the UK, I don't watch TV normally.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248716)

But this show is something else!

Absolutely compelling stuff. And I speak as someone who can't stand 'reality shows'.

Every show so far, there is a hundred things that will make you laugh. I can't get over how dumb these people are. There has been some claims that perhaps the 'contestants' are themselves actors, but I don't believe it - no actor could be this stupid consistently without giving the game away.

The TV crew have even messed up a few times - the american guy who came over to lecture them on anti-gravity, gave away that they were in England (they're convinced they're in Russia) and they didn't even notice!

Last night they had to cancel the 'money shot' view of the earth from space, because a moth flew into the warehouse containing the space shuttle, and they thought it would be a giveaway if a big moth shadow fell over the earth.

Only, with these guys... I think they would just assume the earth was under attack by Moth-Ra or something.

Best show this year in the UK.

Re:I'm in the UK, I don't watch TV normally.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248808)

I would love to see this show in the US.

British in space? (0, Flamebait)

tulmad (25666) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248730)

We all know the British can hardly get someone up a ladder, much less to the moon.

"We're monitoring you on our instruments Squindon"

Re:British in space? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248835)

Oh yeah. Eddy Izzard for the motherf*cking win.

This show is ludicrous (1)

Anonymous Cowpat (788193) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248736)

To prevent the contestants catching on to the obvious inconsistencies, they've had to discount anyone with military training, physics education and anyone with even a cursory interest in space science.
It's basically taking the thickest 3 people they could find - I'd be suprised if any of the contestants even had any A-levels.
Either that or the most gullible 3 people they could find, who, blinded by their desire to become famous, are willing to believe anything, however nonsensical it sounds, just to get on the telly.

And since the entire idea of the show is to laugh at stupid/gullible people I see little point in it. I do wonder how they explained away the huge smoke cloud visible across large swathes of England at the moment though.
Where do channel 4 get the idea that this is good entertainment?

Re:This show is ludicrous (1)

taustin (171655) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248810)

Where do channel 4 get the idea that this is good entertainment?

From their ratings.

And keep in mind, "good entertainment" means "profitable." And there are two ways to increase profit. The first is to increase revenue. The second is to reduce production cost. Reality shows are dirt cheap to make.

Re:This show is ludicrous (1)

JPelorat (5320) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248814)

I do wonder how they explained away the huge smoke cloud visible across large swathes of England at the moment though.

Probably sidestepped the entire issue by filtering out that little bit of news entirely.

Idiot Perspective (1)

jj00 (599158) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248750)

What if the people on this show are just actors? Who would be the idiot then?

again? (5, Funny)

gfanboy (937770) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248751)

I wonder if this is how they faked the original Apollo moon landing?

How to find people that gullible (4, Informative)

n0mad6 (668307) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248755)

For other Americans like myself who don't get to watch the show and are wondering just how they found enough people that stupid to fall for this, Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] had some of the answers:

In order for the hoax to stand a realistic chance of succeeding, the Cadets would have to remain unaware of the true nature of the show, even given any production mistakes and implausible explanations. As such, a strict set of criteria were applied to filter out inappropriate applicants:

  • Eliminating anyone who had ever served in the armed forces, or who already had a significant interest in space travel or science fiction.
  • Psychological tests used to single out the highly suggestible and those who would conform to groupthink
  • Physiological tests to determine claustrophobia, including being in restraining jackets and trapped in a full lift
  • Being asked to dance blindfolded, without music, and with others watching, to gauge inhibition levels
  • Asking the candidates to nominate a friend or relative they trusted implicitly, to make a vital and important decision for them. These friends or relatives were contacted, and fully let in on the hoax, and given the final say of whether or not the Cadet should be included

The intention was to obtain a group of Cadets who were highly gullible, conformist, and ignorant about the show's subject matter; and also ideally suited to appearing in a Reality TV show (e.g. uninhibited extroverts, "wacky personalities", or characters otherwise able to capture the public interest).

Re:How to find people that gullible (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248857)

Hmm. I wonder if we could use the same set of psychological tests to decide who gets barred from voting...

Re:How to find people that gullible (1)

displaced80 (660282) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248860)

... and it's interesting that so many of the contestants are Welsh. Bless 'em!

I've watched a few hours of the show. I can't say I like it. It's taking the piss out of people's dreams. And it doesn't matter how low your IQ, you're still entitled to dream. The whole thing's designed to make fools out of the participants, and that sort of thing doesn't sit well with me.

Being a bit of a geek, and having hopes for space travel, all I can think of when watching these people is:

"There but the grace of God (and a little cynicism, knowlege and common sense) go I"

Ohnoes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248757)

Ohnoes! Scuttlemonkey is also CmdrTaco!

Boy, talk about a Freudian slip... (1)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248759)

From the article:

"(rather than outer space where the wightlessnes is)"

You came real close to spelling "weightless" as "witless"

I'm just sayin'

wasn't so bad until... (1)

lythandesi (924421) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248763)

This actually sounded like much better idea for a reality TV show than most, until I RTFA. Why do they insist on making all these things redicioulously cheasy? More importantly, why do we enjoy seeing the monotony of our daily lives mirrored in front of us so much? To stroke our egos!?

Wtf?! (-1)

Inoshiro (71693) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248771)

"They aren't experiencing weightlessnes due to a combination of being in a low orbit (rather than outer space where the wightlessnes is) and a few under-floor gravity generators."

Orbit is weightlessness! Weight is the force you feel when you are pressed up against something (like the seat in a car under acceleration, or the earth which is accelerating you towards its centre due to gravity). If you are in orbit, you are weightless, because you have nothing to be pressed up against (otherwise you'd be on a surface of some kind!).

You can simulate the gravity by spinning your space vehicle, but you need a very large circumfrence if you want to experience anything close to a G. Plus, there's no such thing as a gravity generator. Scientists still don't agree on what a graviton is or even if they exist yet! (Matter could be attracted due to the bends in a higher dimension in space caused by matter, instead of a particle field, which means we can't really build gravity generators anyways.)

Reality shows prove again that stupidity is the core audience.

Heavy Boots (1)

Redshift (7411) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248780)

Gravity generators? Why bother, why not just give them Heavy Boots [milk.com] to wear?

Re:Heavy Boots (1)

orion41us (707362) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248821)

Ha!! I was in a similar situation a while back, but it was trying to explain that in fact the moon does rotate about it's axis.....

The joke is on all of you. (5, Insightful)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248813)

Of course the "astronauts" know it's just a show.

Of course they know they're not in space.

What you are witnessing is the first real reality show backlash. The TV programmers have figured out that there are enough gullible people in the world who watch and believe these shows that they can hire a basically competant series of actors who go through the motions of a reality series. Come on, they've been able to study the reactions of reality show participants for months if not years.

The real "participants" in this series are the audience who laugh at "players" they think are stupid enough to believe what they are going through and post messages on blogs and sites like Slashdot being so witty about America not being the only stupid country. The producers can then show all these blogs and the reactions of audience members who they've interviewed before revealing the that the joke is on them.

I wonder if they'll call this... (1)

dirtyharry925 (937429) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248815)

The Real World: Space Castmates will get drunk, have sex, break things and try to hold down a job WHILE IN SPACE!!! I hope the producers at MTV aren't getting any ideas...

Moral Responisibility (1)

p0 (740290) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248830)

Hah. How can they fool them like this? They need to start another show, namely Moral Responsibility...

Who gets voted into space? (3, Funny)

gelfling (6534) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248836)

Sorry, 19 year old TV middle-ish attractive chick who whines alot. We've decided that for the greater good you have to bail. You can take it two ways. Either with a helmet where you slowly run out of air or no helmet and it's quick. Your call.

Now that I would watch. What are the 5 stages of reality TV grief?

Begging
Figthing
Urinating
Yet more drama
Hugging
Wins a car

Are they really gullible? (1)

dmt99 (123849) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248846)

If you tell someone that there is the existence of a gravity generator, is that so far fetched? It seems like everything they have told these people might be at least slightly believable to anyone who isnt in the science field.

Gravity generators. Uhh huh. (5, Funny)

RomulusNR (29439) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248853)

Dammit, if I wanted to watch idiots being fooled by a large corporation, couldn't I just go to the mall?

Science? (1)

Bezben (877719) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248862)

From what I've heard all the people on it are more interested in being famous and on tv than going into space. Your usual loud, annoying and incredibly talentless fare. I refuse to watch any reality tv.

Perhaps they are SMART after all? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248866)

I would bet they know it's all fake, but are going along with the joke. Most "reality TV" applicants are not just John and Jane Public. They are attention-whores who want to get on TV, usually people who are dying to be actors. So they will lie as needed to reach their goal.

all fun and games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248868)

It's all fun and games until the episode where they stage a Columbia style 'accident' and two of the tourists die of a heart attack while warning sirens blare.

Then it's freaking hilarious.

This practically writes itself... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14248878)

(from the 'Cadet Profiles')

Andrew is also scared of moths.

Billy does not believe in ghosts but claims to have seen an alien.

She [Sara-Jane] also dislikes bees, big wild animals, cockroaches, creepy crawlies, rodents, sharks and snakes.

Let's see... space moths. Check. Aliens. Check. Bees. Check. Let the fun begin.

The best episode (2, Funny)

Solr_Flare (844465) | more than 8 years ago | (#14248880)

Will be the one where one of the tourists gets ejected into space but manages to hold his breath long enough to make it back inside. Also, thankfully, the gravity generators work outside the ship.
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