NASA Commanders Play Blackjack Before Take Off 19.08.2012

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Even if you do not believe in lucky charms or superstitions, you probably know plenty of people who do and gamblers have by far some of the strangest lucky charms or habits when it comes to making sure lady luck is with them at the tables. Some blackjack players have to wear a particular piece of clothing and others will only sit in a specific chair at the table. But who knew that the world’s leading space program at NASA has a blackjack gambling superstition too.

This strange superstition is well-known by NASA employees and has been confirmed as true. Strangely, we think that launching shuttles and astronauts into space is not done by chance but requires a multitude of expertise, planning, testing and then more testing. However, it turns out that that a few rounds of blackjack need to be played before a mission is set to launch into space!

The commander of any NASA shuttle must play blackjack with the tech crew for his flight until he loses a hand. The reason behind this is that when the commander loses a hand it is thought to represent losing any bad luck that may be with him. No one knows quite how this good-luck ritual started but the flight commanders don’t want to take any chances by skipping the game.

However, it is not only the Americans that have strange pre-flight rituals. The Russian cosmonauts have a superstition where they must urinate on the rear right wheel of the bus that takes them to the shuttle. We don’t know about you, but we prefer to play blackjack.

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