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(NPR)   Meet the 81 year old retiree who stole a satellite to go comet-chasing for three decades. He didn't steal it; he just borrowed it for a while. Now he wants to give it back   ( divider line 7
    More: Cool, comets, satellites, flight plans, Goddard Space Flight Center, Laboratory for Atmospheric, overpass, solar winds  
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6697 clicks; posted to Geek » on 18 Mar 2014 at 9:20 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-03-19 12:31:02 AM  
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blastoh: there is so much win in that one.

fyi...the comic # for this one is.....#1337
2014-03-18 11:55:14 PM  
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BizarreMan: MBA Whore: How is one still employed, let alone not in jail, after "borrowing" a satellite?

My wife wondered the same thing.

namatad: because we havent always been such a nation of assholes

Because, from what I understand, he didn't do it without permission. He went to NASA and went "Hey! I can get you to a comet with a satellite you've already got in orbit!"

The "YOU STOLE IT" bit was the people who were PISSED about the satellite being diverted from its initial mission. I.E. he stole it from its intended purpose (like stealing a person's thunder.)

He did not *LITERALLY* hack and steal it.
2014-03-18 11:23:46 PM  
1 votes:
How is one still employed, let alone not in jail, after "borrowing" a satellite?
2014-03-18 10:40:33 PM  
1 votes:
Damn, I'd give anything to be able to peek into that ol guy's head. He's got some madly irreplacable skillz.
2014-03-18 09:46:12 PM  
1 votes:

Twilight Farkle: [ image 710x557]

That graphic makes my head hurt. @_o
2014-03-18 09:41:46 PM  
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bmr68: He's so adept at calculating these exotic trajectories that often, just for fun, he's made sure that key mission events fall on birthdays or anniversaries.

Smart dude

I don't doubt he's known when something will re-enter near him so he can run out and predict it. That's the kind of super power you could start a cult with.
2014-03-18 07:57:04 PM  
1 votes:
Great find, subby.  Can't wait for the science-y crowd ....
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