Oberg on Mir, asteroids & Astro-Not!
"Mir Down, Probes Up - Demanding Money for Mir
: ?Give us the money,? they?ve told President Boris Yeltsin,
: ?or we?re going to drop a 100-ton spaceship on your
: If Mir has to be abandoned before the next crew arrives
: in August?if there?s not enough money to guarantee
: and support for the next crew?then the Mir is doomed to
: tumble out of control and fall to Earth randomly sometime
: near the end of 1999.
: On June 20, near the release of the Bruce Willis
: blow-?em-up movie Armageddon, a meteorite smashed into
: the Central Asian country of Turkmenistan, digging a small
: crater and spraying the area with hunks of meteoric iron.
: By coincidence, June 30 was the 90th anniversary of the
: famous Tunguska Blast, when hundreds of square miles of
: Siberian pine forest were levelled by a 20-megaton
: caused by a falling space object.
: Pretender-astronaut Jerry Whittredge will not be on
: STS-88, nor on any subsequent shuttle flight.
: Apparently his public defender in Houston insisted that he
: really sincerely believed he was an astronaut and that
: Clinton was his lawyer, and this suggests he?s not
: to stand trial on charges he doesn?t understand.
Mark Reiff <mreiff1@xxxxxxxxxx>
Gratuitous political statement, look here ->
"I think we are all trying too hard to push space
versus finding the pulls that attract people and their
"The heavens reward great deeds, not excuses."