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James Wetherbee

Wetherbee Quoting Wolf on Risk

Shuttle Commander James Wetherbee ends his Oral History with "just one more story." It's a quote from U.S. Mir astronaut David Wolf, about risk.

According to Wetherbee, ". . . at the end of every telecom [during STS-86], while we were docked ... [David Wolf would] end his transmission by telling [the ground controllers], 'Now, be careful down there. You're awfully close to the ground. You don't want to get hurt.'"

Wetherbee says, "It was a great way to think about risk. He's up there, floating around in what astronauts tend to think of as a relatively risk-free environment, although there are some risks, but he's telling the people on the ground, 'Don't worry about me. You take care of yourselves, and I'll be okay up here.'"

Related Links:
James Wetherbee Oral History (PDF)
Risk and Safety
STS-86
Wolf Increment

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