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!

2 comments:

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.
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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?
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it's Florida, they couldn't use punchcards correctly why should we expect them to dodge critters (IT'S JUST A JOKE FLORIDA VISITORS)