Saturday, January 26, 2008

Look, everyone, Skylab is back!

When I was 5 or 6, one of my greatest fears was being hit by Skylab. Skylab was a NASA space station that ran low on fuel and was feared to crash into the Earth at a place and time that could not be predicted. And crash it did. NASA was able to direct the spacecraft to land in the Indian Ocean instead of in a populated area, but debris was found in Australia, prompting the local government there to fine the U.S. $400 for littering. The U.S. government still has not paid this fine.

You'd think the government would have learned from this fiasco, but it didn't. Maybe it's because GeorgeStapo runs the country now, and he's stupid, so he doesn't learn. But maybe it's because his regime doesn't believe in science, so the ruling party thinks Bush can just shoot rays out his eyes like Superman and vaporize a spacecraft in midair so it never falls on anyone.

Now a large American spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and may collide with the Earth in late February or March. The craft reportedly can no longer be controlled and it may contain hazardous materials. Scientists reportedly cannot predict where on the Earth it will crash.

Why didn't they give the satellite enough power to prevent this? Why did they not bother to control it until it was too late? I think they still can control where it lands, but they choose not to. If they had the technology 30 years ago to keep a space station's comedown somewhat contained, can't they control a spy satellite now? Even if they can't control it now, I think they know where it will land.

At best, this is going to be one of the most embarrassing examples of Bush-related incompetence. At worst, it's going to be a deadly disaster for who knows how many people who happen to be near where it hits.

Of course, the Freepers are busy trying to put the Associated Press in jail for reporting this story and embarrassing their hero Bush. (Seriously.)

Maybe the sky isn't falling this time, but Skylab - or something just as dangerous - sure is.

(Source: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h7aoM2ii3QVBCAV8m2HtJSuPxPNwD8UDPFC80)

2 comments:

  1. Tim, you're trying to hit a hundred posts this month, aren't you? Don't sacrifice quality for quantity. Blaming Bush for a falling satelite really is a stretch. I think you can do better.

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  2. You can't blame Gerry Ford for this, scheff.

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