'Working' in the French Riviera - tough life.
Alex is in the French Riviera, specifically Istres, France, this weekend for the NASA Shuttle Launch. He is with a team of about ten others, on call and ready, should an emergency landing need to take place. Of course, an emergency landing has never happened before, but hey, what a nice, free vacation he gets to go on courtesy of the United States government.
Interesting fact about the launch: the crew, after taking off in Florida, has 3 minutes to decide whether they will have to emergency land. If they decide to, they land all the way in France or Spain, within 8 minutes! I think it's crazy how far they go in such a short amount of time.
Short news article about the launch: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/space/01/28/space.shuttle.endeavour/index.html?iref=allsearch