I wonder which of the 9 (as I write) Monks whose most exotic sites were on a Space Shuttle were lucky enough to have been able to get to PerlMonks from the Space Shuttle. (Or conversely, which 9 astronauts who've flown on the Shuttle are lucky enough to be Perl Monks.) I wonder how many Monks could get near an active Space Shuttle,
At that time  the chief engineer was almost always the chief test pilot as well. That had the fortunate result of eliminating poor engineering early in aviation.
—Igor Sikorsky, reported in AOPA Pilot
magazine February 2003.