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Military Covering Up Fireballs From Space....
Fox News ^ | June 12th, 2009

Posted on 06/11/2009 7:42:50 PM PDT by TaraP

For 15 years, scientists have benefited from data gleaned by U.S. classified satellites of natural fireball events in Earth's atmosphere — but no longer.

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.

The satellites' main objectives include detecting nuclear bomb tests, and their characterizations of asteroids and lesser meteoroids as they crash through the atmosphere has been a byproduct data bonanza for scientists.

The upshot: Space rocks that explode in the atmosphere are now classified

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: asteroids; dod; space; spacecom

1 posted on 06/11/2009 7:42:50 PM PDT by TaraP
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To: TaraP

ok....


2 posted on 06/11/2009 7:44:19 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Quix

3 posted on 06/11/2009 7:44:43 PM PDT by TaraP (Unless we stand for something, we will fall for everything.")
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To: TaraP

Time to don the tinfoil and ask

What are they hiding?

Why are they hiding it?


4 posted on 06/11/2009 7:46:07 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: TaraP

“Fireballs from Space” - sounds like the title of a great B-grade Sci-Fi movie!


5 posted on 06/11/2009 7:47:52 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: TaraP

My guess is the DSP satellites are slowly dieing and the next generation replacements keep getting delayed. Not a good idea letting scientists let the enemy know when one of our birds go blind!


6 posted on 06/11/2009 7:48:53 PM PDT by OCC
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To: OCC

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.

If Fireballs explode over cities, are they going to lie about what just exploded?


7 posted on 06/11/2009 7:50:15 PM PDT by TaraP (Unless we stand for something, we will fall for everything.")
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To: TaraP
Here is a link to the article.

Fire Balls from Space

8 posted on 06/11/2009 7:52:13 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Army Air Corps

***“Fireballs from Space” - sounds like the title of a great B-grade Sci-Fi movie!***

And I thought the FIREBALLS were a rock and roll band from Raton,NM!


9 posted on 06/11/2009 7:53:11 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (A modern liberal is someone who doesn't care what you do so long as it is compulsory.)
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To: TaraP
Any time I want, weather permitting, I can go lay down on the backporch, look straight up at the sky and within minutes I'll see EXPLOSIONS.

This is an exceedingly common phenomenon.

10 posted on 06/11/2009 7:54:10 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: TaraP

Thanks.


11 posted on 06/11/2009 7:55:48 PM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: OCC; TaraP; PAR35

Somebody probably decided that a technically savvy person viewing the data from the satellites could determine their capabilities and determine how to thwart them.


12 posted on 06/11/2009 7:56:27 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: TaraP

This new administration has fine priorities. How we observe meteors is now top secret but how we gather intelligence about terrorists is now an open book. You never know when a meteorite will have some blob-like creature that can only be killed by top secret technology (we don’t want any space creatures out there to know about our technology), but we will never, ever, have to worry about terrorism!


13 posted on 06/11/2009 7:58:03 PM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: muawiyah
Any time I want, weather permitting, I can go lay down on the backporch, look straight up at the sky and within minutes I'll see EXPLOSIONS.

Next time, try moving your head away from the screen door.

14 posted on 06/11/2009 7:59:01 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: TaraP
LOL

“Zoo animals” have been around for years.

I take this as a new weapons system is ready for or is being tested.

X-51 HCM?
The real ‘Aurora’
Delta Blimp?

15 posted on 06/11/2009 8:06:35 PM PDT by ASOC (Who IS that fat lady, and why is she singing?????)
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To: Army Air Corps

I saw that one, Morgan Freeman was the president...


16 posted on 06/11/2009 8:06:50 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: TaraP
I am bummed without pictures.
17 posted on 06/11/2009 8:23:54 PM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: TaraP
Do tell me more....!!






18 posted on 06/11/2009 8:24:47 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts....)
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To: Bean Counter

bttt


19 posted on 06/11/2009 8:25:09 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: muawiyah

So, Mooie, you see explosions. Do you also hear voices?


20 posted on 06/11/2009 8:50:21 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: TaraP

I’ll start worrying when Buenos Aires is destroyed by a meteor sent by large spiders!


21 posted on 06/11/2009 9:27:00 PM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: SatinDoll
Of course not. I simply have pretty good night vision. The number of rocks hitting the atmosphere virtually dead overhead every evening and then appearing to explode is sufficient that your average watcher can see at least one an evening with a pair of binoculars.

Some of us can see them without the binoculars ~ even with urban light pollution.

Now, what is it about "explosions" that makes you think of "hearing voices"? Hmmmm! Outta' meds or what?

22 posted on 06/12/2009 6:25:22 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Mooie - just saying...maybe.

As for me, no meds.

But if Obama keeps going the way he is, we’ll all need something to keep our spirits up. The Prez sucks.


23 posted on 06/12/2009 10:06:30 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: TaraP

Here’s an interesting quote from the article on what is routinely hitting our earth, and has been hitting our earth, all along for years on end...


Most “shooting stars” are caused by natural space debris no larger than peas.

But routinely, rocks as big as basketballs and even small cars crash into the atmosphere.


And then, here was an article on an asteroid that hit the earth last year..., which I bet a lot of people didn’t know about. I had not heard that an asteroid hit the earth last year... :-) But, that is, yet again, another event that happens with great regularity, I’m sure...

The asteroid was detected by the automated Catalina Sky Survey telescope at Mount Lemmon , Ariz., on Oct. 6, 2008. Just 19 hours after it was spotted, it collided with Earth’s atmosphere and exploded 23 miles (37 kilometers) above the Nubian Desert of northern Sudan.

Because it exploded so high over Earth’s surface, no chunks of it were expected to have made it to the ground. Witnesses in Sudan described seeing a fireball, which ended abruptly.

But Peter Jenniskens, a meteor astronomer with the SETI Institute’s Carl Sagan Center, thought it would be possible to find some fragments of the bolide. Along with Muawia Shaddad of the University of Khartoum and students and staff, Jenniskens followed the asteroid’s approach trajectory and found 47 meteorites strewn across an 18-mile (29-km) stretch of the Nubian Desert.

“This was an extraordinary opportunity, for the first time, to bring into the lab actual pieces of an asteroid we had seen in space,” Jenniskens said.

quoted from http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/090325-asteroid-meteorites.html


24 posted on 06/14/2009 2:36:20 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Star Traveler

Interesting!

I just don’t know what the purpose for the Military trying to hide all this....


25 posted on 06/14/2009 12:30:36 PM PDT by TaraP (Unless we stand for something, we will fall for everything.")
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