Wednesday July 06, 2005

Deep Impact

I suppose by now you've heard about Deep Impact, NASA's successful mission to blast a hole in Comet Tempel 1. It's been in the newspapers; I read about it first in the NASA Science News email newsletter. Considering that this all happened 268,000 miles from home, I'm pretty impressed at the accuracy of the mission.

There was another "deep impact" that I never considered, although I suppose it makes a certain amount of sense. It appears that a Russian astrologer is suing NASA, seeking damages for moral suffering caused by the mission. The experiment "ruins the natural balance of forces in the universe" and has "deformed" her horoscope.

Scientists say the crash did not significantly alter the comet's orbit around the sun... NASA representatives could not be reached for comment on the suit.

Deep Impact ( in category SciTech ) - posted at Wed, 06 Jul, 12:35 Pacific | Comments (0)