Thursday, April 27, 2006

Starts sensible and then gets creepy!

Reuters reports that during the launch last July of the Discovery, the space shuttle hit a vulture. The shuttle was not damaged, although the vulture was probably more than a little dazed.

To avoid any future collisions, NASA is trying get rid of the local vulture population by cutting off its food supply: road kill at the Kennedy Space Center. Certainly a logical approach. The space center has set up a "road kill posse" to quickly clear any recently deceased critters. It all makes sense to me.

Now for the creepy part -- in two weeks the "road kill posse" has removed 500 pounds of animal carcasses! That's 500 pounds of ex-possums, raccoons, and squirrels - yuck!


Graham said...

I see a hidden agenda. NASA are always moaning to Congress about their budget. This is a sneaky way to lower the catering costs.
it still worries me that NASA employees are such bad drivers, how do you get someone to Mars if you cannot avoid hitting a squirrel

Jillian said...

Okay that is kind of creepy - that's a little too much roadkill. What do people do when they are driving nowadays?? Aim?
it's Florida, they couldn't use punchcards correctly why should we expect them to dodge critters (IT'S JUST A JOKE FLORIDA VISITORS)