Sunday, February 17, 2008

Blowing up a satellite

And I thought the political parties were paranoid! We have a satellite dropping down to earth that could land on someone's head. It's filled with toxic fuel. The U.S. has determined that we're gonna have to blow it up in space to try to avoid having it do whatever damage it might do if it continues to fall to the earth.

Sounds like a kinda-maybe-almost winner right? I'm not so sure but better minds than mine have looked at the problem and decided blowing it up out in space is better than having it land here. Not sure what happens to all that fuel that gets torched up in the heavens, hopefully it won't someday rain down on our heads...

Whether it's a good idea or not, the Chinese and Russians are concerned. They think that we're using this as a way to test our weapons in space. Maybe we are going to glean some data from blowing it up, but the alternative to blowing it up isn't exactly thrilling.

I haven't seen where anyone has come up with a better solution than blowing it up out in space. I'm not sure what the Russians and Chinese want us to do? Maybe we should have target practice, let everyone fire a missile at the satellite at the same time?

If you really want to be paranoid and suspicious, think about the secret imaging sensor that was on the satellite. Is that the real reason they want to blow it up? Hide whatever it was? Here's another thought for you... this thing went up... then failed. How come we spent all the money for this thing-a-majiger and yet we can't do it well enough to have it stay up there were we wanted it? And here's another.... what were they looking at with the secret imaging sensor? Read the story below. The sensor is kind of mentioned as an afterthought in the last sentence.

China concerned about US satellite plans

BEIJING - China said Sunday it was concerned about U.S. military plans to shoot down a damaged spy satellite that is hurtling toward Earth with 1,000 pounds of toxic fuel.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080217/ap_on_re_as/china_dead_satellite
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