14 September 2005

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Lest you think that frivolous lawsuits are a peculiar feature of American courts, MosNews reports that court proceedings for Marina Bai’s lawsuit against NASA have now begun.

Bai, an astrologer, claims that the Deep Impact mission (which collided a probe with the nucleus of a comet in order to analyze the resulting ejecta) affected her both personally and professionally.

Bai is demanding $300 million from NASA for psychological damages caused by the Deep Impact probe hitting the Tempel-1 comet, RIA-Novosti news agency reported. “The astrologist Marina Bai believes that NASA’s actions interfere with [her] spiritual and life values system, as well as with the elemental life of the cosmos, thus upsetting the balance of forces in the universe,” the lawsuit states.

Bai stressed that NASA had altered her horoscope by crashing the spacecraft into the comet. “It is obvious that elements of the comet’s orbit, and correspondingly the ephemeris, will change after the explosion, which interferes with my astrology work and distorts my horoscope,” she said earlier.

Somebody should warn JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, whose Hayabusa mission is about to do the same thing to the asteroid Itokawa. Hayabusa is currently in position 20 km above the surface of the asteroid. JAXA hopes to blast enough material out of the primordial rock to be able to collect and return samples to Earth.


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