posted on May, 6 2008 @ 07:19 AM
My grandfather and foster were friends until my grandfather died in a plane crash in the 1980's. For Branson not to pony up any and all costs to the
state, if no other reason than to keep the heat off a grieving widow, is bs to the extreme.
I have lost any and all respect for Branson and company. My grandfather was also good friends with Burt (Rutan) and I can't imagine that Burt is
happy with the latest media coverage concerning the latest news about charging the widow of a lost hero for the state's search expenditures.
Especially when said hero has done much to advance the cause of expereimental aircraft at the whim of folks who have FU money. Sad, very sad.
But with that being said, expect many photos of unusual things taken from near orbit from programs like this. The average person has no idea how
things behave in micro gravity and direct sunlight. When things don't move or reflect light as expected from your lifelong experience of living on
the surface of a planet you can imagine the wondrous things that will be photographed and pured over by folks who see what they want to see from that
See, on one hand you have the ignorant masses that claim NASA is a master of covering things up, then on the other hand you have the ignorant masses
that claim this stupid tether video is proof of alien life (or whatever they need to see in said video to fortify their beliefs). You can't have it
both ways. Either Nasa is good at hiding stuff like this, to the point where all we can do is argue over blurry moon photos and argue over Pareidolia
images from Mars, or they are so stupid to hide everything but make stupid mistakes in doing so by releasing something that many (ignorant folk) claim
is 100% proof of [insert woo woo's belief system here].
So, yes, there will be many photos taken from such a high orbit that will cause folks to loose their heads while they ignore logic, reason and common
sense. Hell, I could go take photos of an ant hill in my back yard and folks around here will find a conspiracy confirming their preconceived notions
That is the sad state of this hobby. If is filled with ignorance and the complete lack of common sense, logic and reason. Don't believe me? Read 90%
of the threads in this very forum.
[edit on 6-5-2008 by IgnoreTheFacts]