Are Defensive Measures Available to Astronauts?

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"My question is that with all the sightings pre-space travel by the USA and the former USSR, did any group of investigators find evidence that in early Mercury and Gemini flights that any defense options were included on manned space shots?

It would seem that with all the news about UFO's, and claims of this being all unreliable, was there any data found that would show that the astronauts and cosmonauts had defensive measures available to them, while they were in flight?"

-drb1955

Early Space Age

This is a particularly interesting subject for me, personally, as I grew up just a few dozen miles from the cape in Florida and saw launches from a distance like people see planes taking off and landing from an airport.

John Glenn was a personal hero of mine as a kid. He was a Marine pilot and Korean War ace. When I was finally able to get a model of the Mercury Capsule... 'Friendship 7' was my decal of choice.

Now, so far as I am aware, there was no weaponry aboard and no need for any. These small craft were stuffed full of the technology of the day and it is no doubt true that some of that tech included bulky vacuum tubes and such that took up a lot of critical space!

But as a kid, I took the liberty of removing some missiles from my model of the F-100 Super Sabre and glued them on to old Glenn's Mercury capsule... just in case, lol!

From there, we shot down bad guys in space and had a blast!

Cheers!

RE: Are Defensive Measures Available to Astronauts?

After searching around the Internet, including NASA, I found no evidence whatsoever of any defense/offensive capability to the space shuttle. That didn't surprise me however since it would probably be classified.

Initially, because of my military background and not seeing any obvious defensive or offensive items on the space shuttle, I was inclined to say no with the exception of maybe hand guns modified for zero gravity. But then I got to thinking about it. Let's consider a few things:

1. Don't forget the International Space Station (ISS). I'm sure it must have some kind of defensive or offensive capability, even if it's nothing than a self-destruct.

2. I got to thinking about space debris and meteors. We hear alot about the ceramic tiles of the space shuttle which are specialized enough to survive the incredible and dramatic heat of re-entry. However, when the space shuttle and ISS are in orbit, they are orbiting the earth at a great velocity. How exactly are they protecting against space debris? We know it's there because of shooting stars and stories of falling satellites. Even some tiny rock hitting the space shuttle or ISS would cause punctures and loss of internal integrity. Yet we see astronauts out of suits constantly. So, how DO they protect against it? Searched online and didn't find a good answer. Therefore I find it an intriguing question.

3. Consider the BLACK KNIGHT satellite, what astronauts have reported, and most importantly, at what happened to the Phobos probes. Speaking as prior military, when you have such incidents, you have contingency plans. We got pictures during the last few minutes before we lost contact of what looked like a missile coming from Mars. And not just one probe was lost, but THREE- two from the former Soviet Union and one American. Given these, I can't see how they could NOT have both defensive and offensive capability. Otherwise they would be sitting ducks. Once again, as prior military, that's not the type of assignment I would want- being in an unsecured, defenseless environment.

So, in the end, to answer your question, while I can't find proof of any offensive or defensive equipment/devices, in my opinion they must have some and they're probably just highly classified.

Anyone else got a good answer to these questions or an opinion?