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As If She’d Ever Even Heard of Tempel 1 Before

July 5th, 2005

You know it had to happen, somewhere. NASA is being sued by an astrologer in Russia for disrupting her work. She claims that she cannot accurately calculate horoscopes anymore since the Deep Impact probe hit the comet Tempel 1.

“It is obvious that elements of the comet’s orbit, and correspondingly the ephemeris, will change after the explosion, which interferes with my astrology work and distorts my horoscope,” Izvestia daily quoted astrologist Marina Bai as saying in legal documents submitted before Monday’s collision.

Ms. Bai wants NASA to cough up $300 million.

The article goes on to state that “NASA representatives in Moscow were unavailable for comment.” Apparently they have not finished laughing yet.

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  1. tmkane
    July 6th, 2005 at 04:10 | #1

    That’s great – really funny. I suppose her lawyers will need mathematicians to demonstrate the distortions caused. Hillarious.

  2. BlogD
    July 6th, 2005 at 05:07 | #2

    Yes, absolutely hilarious, from a mathematical perspective. She’d need crooked mathematicians, at best. Tempel 1 is only 5-7 km across, and the impacting probe was one meter across. Even if she had heard of Tempel One before, the idea that she’d need to include it in calculations is rather unsupportable. In this solar system, there are thousands of objects that big, millions the size of the probe. If the perturbation in the orbit by the collision of the two objects was significant enough to change her results, then to have accurate calculations, she’d have to track every object in the solar system more than a meter in diameter. Even if she had access to precise orbital data on every such object–something that NASA isn’t even close to having itself–she’d still need a supercomputer and a sizable staff to keep track of it all so she could factor it into her equations. Like you said, hilarious. I mean, we’ve all seen opportunisim before, but this lady takes the cake.

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