|Neil Armstrong comments: 'This mission is one small step for man, a slight shuffle for mankind.'
Of course, a real flight would challenge the static cosmonauts way more, sceptics say. They’re not going to face the angst of falling chronically ill a million miles from an A&E, for instance. But they do run the very real danger of running down their parking ticket, of their module being clamped, or worse, towed away and compounded. Most of their communications back ‘home’ are also going to be strained. They’d be of the nature of constantly testing relationships with relatives and friends asking them if they could do them a massive favour and just go down to the car park with some coins, see if they need to stick a bit more in the meter.