Smith deployed onto space station

Wednesday, December 6th, 2000 - 8:41 pm PST

In what NASA officials are calling an “unfortunate mix-up”, The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith was deployed this morning onto the International Space Station. “We were supposed to be deploying a solar wing,” said astronaut Joe Tanner, “but with those big-ass space suits on, it gets kind of hard to see what exactly you’re deploying.” Smith is expected to be stranded in orbit until the next scheduled space shuttle mission in January.