Friday, February 15, 2008

Shoot it down.

It is true that on this blog images have been published that are rather unbelievable.
This means that things were seen here by the fervent and loyal blog readers beyond the current standards of what is considered reality.

This might be unusual or even unsettling and for sure alienating.
But we must realize that reality, as we like to perceive it is limited.
It is made by each of us of dimensions and characteristics that make our lives liveable and manageable.
The reality though is much more spectacular than we usually think.
Hence, a boat going to mount a huge rising in the sea is unusual but not necessarily impossible.

Imagine this version of reality.

Out in space, circling the Earth, is a US spy satellite.
US 193
It is as big as a bus.
5.000 pounds.
And its tanks are filled with 1.000 pounds of the highly toxic liquid Hydrazine.
Immediately after its launch in December 2006 the spy satellite malfunctioned.
And now it is heading for earth to crash onto our planet endangering people and the environment.
The military have come up with the plan to shoot to pieces the failing satellite while still in orbit.

This is a good subject and storyline for a Science Fiction book.
But it is as with the images of the PS-series: it all sounds like ludicrous but it is the hard reality.

"We have modified three SM-3 missiles aboard Aegis ships to strike the satellite," said James E Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Unfortunately, the spy satellite is right above Ireland.

If it crashes above this beautiful island, the population knows now that contact with hydrazine can cause coughing, irritated throat and lungs, convulsions, tremors or seizures, and long-term exposure can damage the liver, kidney and reproductive organs.
Hydrazine is similar to chlorine or ammonia in that it affects lung tissue.
People inhaling it would feel a burning sensation.
“If you stay close to it and inhale a lot of it, it could be deadly,” said James E Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

There is an 80 % chance the solution of James E Cartwright is successful.
But even then.
Once the satellite is hit, officials expect 50 percent of the debris will come to Earth in the first two orbits and the rest shortly thereafter.
Computer models show that roughly 2,800 pounds would survive re-entry.

In case a fervent and loyal blog reader has not already heard of this amazing story, it can be checked at the website of the newspaper The Belfast Telegraph.

Like the PS-series, what seems impossible and unusual and out of the question has been predicted in the arts long before.

This whole story of US spy satellite US 194 is as a subject very close to Stanley Kubrick’s film “Dr. Strangelove”.
The military organizing defence that obviously gets out of control.
They do their best but are so spastic about it that it becomes counterproductive.

For artists this is great.
It gives the freedom to let the creativity, imagination and fantasy go in the wildest directions knowing that one day Dr. Strangelove becomes James E Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


To learn more about US spy satellite 193 crashing on Earth, click on:

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To learn more about the film of Stanley Kubrick called "Dr. Strangelove", click on:
Dr. Strangelove Stanley Kubrick


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would bet that this satellite has a valve that safely releases the hydrazine into the atmosphere at a specified altitude upon accidental re-entry.In fact I'm sure it has a redundant back up valve incase the first fails. This is not a big engineering feat, I'd bet a weeks pay it's not an issue.
The truth is more likely that they don't want to take a chance on someone finding it first and recovering the technology and possible information.
That and it also gives the rest of the world a chance to see our brute force in action, a sort of territorial pissing that this country is famous for.
Thats my two cents, Robert