Short Biographies of the Original Seven Astronauts of the National Trebuchet and Space Administration.

Actually By David Harnden-Warwick

Name: John the Brave
Born: May 20, 1243
Background: Soldier. Volunteered for astronaut corps from infantry.
Missions: TTS-1, June 12, 1261.
Highlights: First suborbital flight test of revolutionary trebuchet transportation
system, the Merlin 5. Made it over the hedge.
Died: June 12, 1261.
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Name: William the Undismayed
Born: December 13, 1242
Background: Soldier. Drafted for astronaut corps from infantry.
Missions: TTS-2, June 13, 1261.
Highlights: Second suborbital test. Made it over the hedge twice after bouncing off
a tent.
Died: June 13, 1261.
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Name: Henry the Overhasty
Born: August 11, 1238
Background: Unemployed. Answered classified ad in tapestry.
Missions: TTS-3, June 14, 1261.
Highlights: First civilian astronaut. Tripped safety harness release during countdown.
Set records for shortest distance traveled (20 yards) and sharpest angle of descent
(90 degrees). Did not clear the hedge.
Died: June 14, 1261.
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Name: Yves the Coerced
Born: 1240(?)
Background: Prisoner of war. Recruited for astronaut corps on pain of death.
Missions: TTS-4, June 15, 1261.
Highlights: Made it over the hedge. Set still-standing distance record (461 yards).
Unexpectedly survived after landing on a herd of carnivorous swine.
Eaten: June 15, 1261.
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Name: Gilbert the Insane
Born: June 5, 1185
Background: Mad hermit. Coaxed from cave into astronaut corps under false
pretense of meeting a woman.
Missions: TTS-5, June 16 1261.
Highlights: Married trebuchet in pre-flight ceremony. Did not clear the hedge.
Died: June 16, 1261.
Marriage Annulled: June 16, 1261.
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Name: Nicholas the Terrorized
Born: April 13, 1237
Background: Bystander. Kidnapped from market.
Missions: TTS-6, June 17, 1261.
Highlights: Shared tied-off crew sack with Bedlam X, the program’s inaugural
scientific payload. Experiment designed to determine whether sudden acceleration
is handled better by weasels with rabies or weasels with plague.
Made it over the hedge, unfortunately.
Died: June 17, 1261.
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Name: Robert the Negligent
Born: January 18, 1229
Background: Trebuchet program manager. Found hiding in a barn by angry relatives.
Missions: TTS-7, June 18, 1261.
Highlights: Trebuchet was set alight for the first and only night launch of the program.
Established new record for pre-flight pleading (15 min 49 sec). Bits made it over the hedge.
Died: June 18, 1261.

About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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