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Away From Home

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

NASA causes "moral sufferings"

Fresh off their smashing success with Deep Impact, NASA is being sued:


MOSCOW - NASA's mission that sent a space probe smashing into a comet
raised more than cosmic dust — it also brought a lawsuit from a
Russian astrologer.

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. A Moscow court has postponed hearings on the case
until late July, the paper said.

Scientists say the crash did not significantly alter the comet's orbit
around the sun and said the experiment does not pose any danger to

The probe's comet crash sent up a cloud of debris that scientists hope
to examine to learn how the solar system was formed.

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."

NASA representatives in Russia could not be reached for comment on the case.

Who knew that people identified so much with giant iceballs?


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