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Old 02 April 2007, 07:21 PM
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Comment: I just heard this one reported last week and I knew I needed to
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What I heard reported was that "...we shouldn't feel bad, after all, 40%
of NASA astronauts are dyslexic." Any truth?
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Old 02 April 2007, 07:54 PM
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I can't find a percentage mentioned, but "it seems a lot of astronauts come back from space with certain processing difficulties," according to Dyslexic.org

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Old 02 April 2007, 11:22 PM
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Comment: I just heard this one reported last week and I knew I needed to
"snope it." Yet I see nothing here:

What I heard reported was that "...we shouldn't feel bad, after all, 40%
of NASA astronauts are dyslexic." Any truth?
Are you sure it wasn't 04%?

I'm just sayin'...
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Old 03 April 2007, 12:46 AM
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I can't find a percentage mentioned, but "it seems a lot of astronauts come back from space with certain processing difficulties," according to Dyslexic.org
I interpreted that as being temporary afflictions somewhat akin to the hypoxia a pilot could suffer from at higher altitudes--is that how you saw it as well? I'm thinking what they're saying is that the effects that space travel has on one's body and brain can cause certain temporary processing difficulties that will be corrected over time (such as when pilots go into a hypoxia chamber and they do quick mental arithmetic calculations and as the oxygen is drained out of the room the calculations become more and more challenging to the point where it is almost impossible for the pilot to determine what 6-4 is), not a condition that existed before they were launched into space.

Becoming an astronaut is incredibly challenging both physically and mentally and mental number crunching is a large part of the job so I can't see them allowing somebody with dyslexia severe enough to hamper their performance to become an astronaut. I had to go through a battery of tests that included dyslexia tests when I became an air traffic controller, and I really can't see my standards being higher than those of astronauts. Sure, there may have been mildly dyslexic astronauts whose conditions weren't bad enough to affect their performances, but there's no way I believe the 40% figure.
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Old 03 April 2007, 11:45 AM
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Hey, in spite of their dyslexia, they still managed to put a man on the Noom.
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And what is more they did it by rounding pi up to four as well!

No. Don't worry. I'll get it.
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