Stop the presses: a Martian suicide bomber downed the Shuttle!

Jose G. Perez jgperez at netzero.net
Mon Feb 3 23:28:43 MST 2003


>Jose:
>STS 107 was a serious scientific research expedition.

>John:
>Really? Then most experts not at the service of the
>Bush administration that evaluated the last 50 or so
>missions of the Shuttle as 90% for military purposes
>are wrong.

I stand by my statement.

Moreover, John's unnamed experts are wrong.

Just how wrong people can judge for themselves.

Here is a list of the 20 most recent shuttle missions, launch date, vehicle
and purpose.

Note: Many missions have been to the International Space Station (ISS);
these are a combination of resupply, equipment or module delivery and
construction (assembly); every 4-6 months they also involve a crew rotation
for the ISS. I have listed these all as ISS.

STS 113 - Nov. 23, 2002 - Endeavour - ISS
STS 112 - Oct. 7, 2002 - Atlantis - ISS
STS 111 - June 5, 2002 - Endeavour - ISS
STS 110 - April 8, 2002 - Atlantis - ISS
STS 109 - March 1, 2002 - Columbia - HST (Hubble Space Telescope) Servicing
and Upgrade
STS 108 - Dec. 5, 2001 - Endeavour - ISS
STS 105 - Aug 10, 2001 - Discovery - ISS
STS 104 - July 12, 2001 - Atlantis - ISS
STS 100 - April 19, 2001 - Endeavour - ISS
STS 102 - March 8, 2001 - Discovery - ISS
STS 98 - Feb. 7, 2001 - Atlantis - ISS
STS 97 - Nov. 30, 2000 - Endeavour - ISS
STS 92 - Oct. 11, 2000 - Discovery - ISS
STS 106 - Sep. 8, 2000 - Atlantis - ISS
STS 101 - May 19, 2000 - Atlantis - ISS
STS 99 - Feb. 11, 2000 - Endeavour - Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
STS 103 - Dec. 19, 1999 - Discovery - Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing
and upgrade
STS 93 - July 23, 1999 - Columbia - Chandra X-Ray Observatory
STS 97 - May 27, 1999 - Discovery - ISS

Including the ill-fated Columbia mission, that's 20 missions. Only one had
major military significance, the mapping mission (SRTM), although creating
detailed topographic maps of most of the earth's land surface obviously has
much more than military application.

But perhaps John thinks the International Space Station is really a military
project to set up a planetary defense grid to ward off the extraterrestials
Posadas thought would bring socialism to this planet, and the two space
observatories are really meant to detect the alien invasion fleet.

As for my original contention on the scientific nature of the most recent
mission, if John took himself even half seriously, he would have looked up
exactly what experiments the Columbia crew was performing, and showed they
were military in nature.

They are a matter of public record, information on them is readily
available.

Please, John, go ahead, demonstrate this "was a military operation covered
with the mantle of 'science.'"

José


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