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Originally posted by Oldnslo
reply to post by Mad_Hatter
Non illigitamus carborundum!!
Let me make a wild speculation: This gentleman stops at the local 7-11 to pick up a gallon of milk for the kids on his way home from Dryden. Some of the locals from Palmdale/Lancaster see the guy pull in with a nice SUV, dressed in a suit, and figures this guys is an easy mark. They follow him home, rob and murder him and all in the house. He/she/they light the house afire (forgot gloves) to cover any evidence of their crime. Happens all the time in the high desert. Probably has something to do with the natives.
Regarding speculation of NASA informers, all of them love their jobs and the status that goes with it. They'll sacrifice almost everything for their job and to keep "their" birds flying. Families often take the back seat. They know what not to talk about. Their emails are read and phones are tapped for "National Security" reasons, and the slightest transgression is treated very seriously. Security is always on their minds.
I have a good friend (who doesn't these days) who works for NASA and spends time at Edwards and Dryden, hands-on with the vehicles, and we have talked about almost everything. Launches, astronaut stories, refurbing Columbia at Palmdale a few years back. But not a word about the activities at Dryden. I asked him once and he just looked at me and then the ground shaking his head no. He didn't say a word and I knew he couldn't and it was never brought up again. I should have known better. These folks know, if they open their mouths, they are done. You get with the program, mind your own business, and keep your mouth shut. PERIOD.