Can you believe this? In a break from the traditional, “I spilled coffee in my lap and I’m suing MacDonalds” school self-promotion we have the all new, “An enormously wealthy government agency has spilled bad karma on my navel and I’m going to counter that by becoming enormously wealthy” school of thought. This is one to watch.
You know that amazing scientific mission to a comet that NASA just succeeded in pulling off? It was called Deep Impact, and the space agency not only got a small spacecraft (about the size of a kitchen table) to slam smack into a comet without a standard orbit, it even got a second spacecraft (about the size of a VW Beetle) to simultaneously do a coordinated wingman-style fly-by, with live video of the event transmitted from both spacecraft throughout the whole process [impact video|fly-by video]. And all of it was available live for every one to see in real-time on the Internet.
Well, get this - It turns out NASA is being sued for the damage they have apparently caused with this mission. From Yahoo! News:
"Marina Bai has sued the U.S. space agency, claiming the Deep Impact probe that punched a crater into the comet Tempel 1 late Sunday 'ruins the natural balance of forces in the universe,' the newspaper Izvestia reported Tuesday...
"...Bai is seeking damages totaling $300 million — the approximate equivalent of the mission's cost — for her 'moral sufferings,' Izvestia said, citing her lawyer Alexander Molokhov. She earlier told the paper that the experiment would 'deform her horoscope.'"
Wow... You go lady. For my part, I hope it ruins more than just your horoscope...
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