Spy satellite could fall on North America


The U.S. military is developing contingency plans to deal with the possibility that a large spy satellite expected to fall to Earth in late February or early March could hit North America.

Woo hoo!! Wouldn’t that be cool. Zooniverse pool anyone?

Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart sez:

“We’re aware that this satellite is out there,” Renuart said. “We’re aware it is a fairly substantial size. And we know there is at least some percentage that it could land on ground as opposed to in the water.”

At least they’re aware of it. Whew…

A U.S. official confirmed that the spy satellite, which lost power and no longer can be controlled, was launched in December 2006 and could weigh as much as 10,000 pounds. It carried a sophisticated and secret imaging sensor but the satellite’s central computer failed shortly after launch.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret, said the satellite is designated by the military as US 193, but it never reached its final orbit and the Pentagon declared it a total loss in early 2007.

These “officials” are a leaky bunch aren’t they? I guess it would be good to know what falls on our heads in a month or so.

Satellite watchers — a worldwide network of hobbyists who track satellites for fun — have been plotting the satellite’s degradation for a year. They estimate it is now at an altitude of about 173 miles, and [John Locker, a British amateur satellite watcher] believes it is dropping about 1,640 feet a day.

Where it lands will be difficult to predict until the satellite falls to about 59 miles above the Earth and enters the atmosphere. It will then begin to burn up, with flares visible from the ground, said Ted Molczan, a Canadian satellite tracker. From that point on, he said, it will take about 30 minutes to fall.

Sorry, y’all…. If that baby hits a snowbank in Idaho, you won’t find it until April. :)

Happy Days Are Here Again!

Looks like Rotten Rudy is going down in flames in the Florida Primary… Yay!!
Maybe now he can go home and crawl back under his rock.

Yesterday Rudy was quoted saying that the winner of the Florida Primary would be the GOP Nominee.. Does that mean he’s going home?

The LA Times‘s political blog catches an odd moment in which Rudy seems to be laying the groundwork to exit the race if and when he loses tomorrow:

In a meeting in the back of his chartered plane en route to St. Petersburg, Fla., a short while ago, the onetime, longtime GOP front-runner told a small group of reporters, including The Times’ Louise Roug: “The winner of Florida will win the nomination.”

Rudy’s spokesperson quickly noted that Rudy was expressing confidence about winning tomorrow. Still, Rudy’s in third or fourth in Florida in most polls — and Rudy himself thinks that whoever wins tomorrow will “win the nomination.”

So, given his own remarks, if he loses tomorrow there will be no point in continuing, and he’ll drop out, right?

UPDATE: MSNBC reports Giuliani is dropping out tomorrow! He will be endorsing John McCain.

Lyrics (with a twist..)

So long Rudy
Go long Judy
We are rid of you at last
Howdy old guys
Bought and sold guys
You are now a thing of the past

Rudy’s Days of Fear are gone
The country can now move along
And we’ll sing this happy little song
Rudy’s Days of Fear are gone!

Altogether shout him out
There’s no one who wants him about
So lets tell the world we dumped the lout
Rudy’s Days of Fear are gone!

Your cares and troubles are gone
There’ll be no more from now on
From now on…

Happy days are here again
The skies above are here again
So, lets sing a song of cheer again
Happy times
Happy nights
Happy days
Are here again!

(Additional lyrics thanks to Wayne A. Schneider)

(Photo from FreakingNews)