Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chickens, here is where you shall roost.

I'm not going to name names---you know who you are---but I think it's safe to say beyond a shadow of a doubt that those who ridiculed my claims years ago that "space junk" was a growing threat to space missions can pretty well suck it. Oh, sure, it's all fun and games to make fun of the space geek...right up until a microscopic piece of space shit rips a pin-sized hole in your ship's hull that causes an instantaneous implosion of all five of your astronautic senses.

Some of that science might be wrong.

But you still know who you are, so suck it, anti-space junk doubters.

Space junk raises risks for Hubble repair mission

WASHINGTON – Space shuttle Atlantis is now in a rough orbital neighborhood — a place littered with thousands of pieces of space junk zipping around the Earth at nearly 20,000 mph. There are more pieces of shattered satellites and used-up rockets in this region than astronauts have ever encountered. And the crew must be there for more than a week to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. As soon as the job is complete, the shuttle will scamper to safety.

The telescope orbits about 350 miles above Earth, a far dirtier place than where shuttles normally fly. And all those tiny projectiles raise the constant threat of a potentially fatal collision.


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