Saturday, January 26, 2008

Keep the car gassed up and buy a hard hat...

Duct tape and plastic wrap won't save you now:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials said Saturday.

The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret.

"Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation," said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council.

"Numerous satellites over the years have come out of orbit and fallen harmlessly. We are looking at potential options to mitigate any possible damage this satellite may cause."

Ahem. Just WHY is this classified as secret? On a need to know basis? Like ... your house may be flattened by a burning radioactive object hurtling through earth's atmosphere .. but go shopping.

Appropriate government agencies? Have they been Busherized? Do they still have scientists and mathematicians who can calculate orbital fall? Or are they just going to go down in the White House bunkers and other undisclosed locations and sit this one out?

Appropriate government agencies, my ass.


pygalgia said...

"The sky is falling" C. Little
"No, just some pieces of it" C. Reality

Anonymous said...

We are supposed to have anti-missile system, but despite gazillion of dollars it will only work if the satellite has the proper homing beacon.

Maybe we could ask the Chinese to blow it up. They have actually done that recently.

I guess we could ask Bruce Willis.

ellroon said...

Makes you wonder if the Chinese maybe shot our spy satellite out of orbit...

And even with a homing beacon, I thought we'd never actually made a good 'kill'... the Star Wars Defense is just another effing boondoggle.

I agree. We need Bruce Willis... or Chicken Little.

Sorghum Crow said...

Oh please, let it land on you-know-who....