Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Deep Impact - it's a hit!

NASA finally got a chance to examine a comet up close and personal. At 11:52 PM (local time) on July 3, a 852 lb. projectile traveling at 23,000 miles per hour smashed into the comet Tempel-1. A brilliant flash of vaporized particles started Fourth of July festivities a little early. I don't know about you, but I think it's pretty darn cool that we have the capability to smash things into comets!

A Russian astrologer did not think it was so cool. She is suing NASA for $300 million because of "moral suffering" and damage to her horscope.


At 7:39 AM, Blogger Maine Man said...

If her suffering is so "moral," how will money- regardless of the sum- make any difference?

At 8:18 AM, Blogger Nathan said...

Now that the cosmos have shifted, her horoscope reads, "A large sum of money awaits you." And if it doesn't happen then she is obviously full of crap and her whole belief system is down the tube, including deflated morals (if she had any).

At 8:52 AM, Blogger The Unknowable said...

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At 8:53 AM, Blogger The Unknowable said...

when i first heard the news, i thought it was a mistake, i coulden't belive they smashed into the thing on purpose. NASA rocks!

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Tyler said...

Smashing into things is nothing new. Remember that Mars probe, where they input the orbit altitude in feet instead of the designed meters?

Smashed into Mars just fine. Of course, that probe was supposed to stay in orbit.

However, smashing into comets as designed is a good thing. I wonder how long before we start getting some results and conclusions from this experiment?


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