There's no reason to assume it's a "shout-out". All we see in reality is a classified communications satellite delivered by the ULA. Just because something launches from the Cape doesn't mean it's automatically under NASA or JPL oversight, or that there's any connection to a long-deceased guy from JPL. You're strongly asserting something to be true which you're unable to demonstrate. That's really all there is to it. You didn't actually address the issue I raised. Lab experiments with mice and whatnot are in no way equivalent to the mission designs, engineering and systems we see for human spaceflight, let alone for Apollo -- which not only put astronaut safety at the top of the priority list, but also had the luxury of a blank check to work with. What you put forth is simply invalidated by the fact that it attempts to directly compare unlike things. No, you either missed my point or opted not to tackle it directly. Perhaps, they'd be alleviated already if you'd take the time to improve your understanding of the issue. You can accomplish that at Clavius. We don't have trouble keeping things alive in space. All the Expedition crews that have rotated on and off the ISS should attest to that. Note the cumulative crew time.