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NASA has launched an all-out search for any meteorites that may have survived from a bright fireball that streaked over northeastern Alabama last month. And the space agency wants your help.
A recent U.S. military policy decision now explicitly states that observations by hush-hush government spacecraft of incoming bolides and fireballs are classified secret and are not to be released, SPACE.com has learned.
"It's baffling to us why this would suddenly change," said one scientist familiar with the work. "It's unfortunate because there was this great synergy...a very good cooperative arrangement. Systems were put into dual-use mode where a lot of science was getting done that couldn't be done any other way. It's a regrettable change in policy."
Scientists say not only will research into the threat from space be hampered, but public understanding of sometimes dramatic sky explosions will be diminished, perhaps leading to hype and fear of the unknown.
Originally posted by bestideayet
But here now, is the classification of all space rocks. Makes you think something is going on, considering they had let people access them for years. You think they're hiding something?
"What we've found as we dug into this is that there was quite a bit of gapping that had occurred, even before the routine review that we did back in March," Rego said. "So notwithstanding the routine policy review, what we're doing in the next few weeks here...is circling the wagons so that we can remove some of the Ad Hoc nature."
Rego also spotlighted his concern that there's no real mechanism in place to ensure that the bolide data is sent to science researchers in a timely manner.
So by tightening the organizational ship, can the useful bolide data for scientific purposes be made available more quickly?
"Sooner and more consistently," Rego said. "We can probably do this better."
"The data is out there. It's not impacting military operations to gather the data that's important to the scientific community," Rego added. "Let's take a look at how we can do that in a timely and collegiate manner."
Not that amazing, actually:
Originally posted by Phage
Amazing how a story can get screwed up. Meteorites were never classified.
When we tell people that space rocks that appear in the atmosphere are classified and people think a meteorite is a rock from space it's not that hard to understand the confusion, especially since some people don't seem to know the difference between a meteor and a meteorite. And the implication was that DOD data about the meteorite on its way to the ground was classified even if the meteorite itself wasn't classified.
Originally posted by Phage
Space rocks that explode in the atmosphere are now classified.
Originally posted by gortex
Yeah right ..... if I find a meteorite its going straight to ebay
They want it then they can pay for it