Robert Clark: > For many people the Air Force not sharing all the technical means at > its disposal led to the loss of the shuttle Columbia crew. It must not > be said that its keeping its meteor detections capability secret led > to the loss of an entire city.
It doesn't matter how many people believe some nonsense about the Columbia, it's not true. Can you imagine how many hours or days in advance the AF would have to have known a meteor was going to collide with the Columbia!? Not possible. The Air Force has no "meteor detections capability," secret or otherwise, because the AF is not in the business of detecting meteors, even if it does so inadvertently from time to time. The AF does not operate the U.S. space reconnaissance program.
By that token, if a meteor destroys a whole city it won't be the fault of the Air Force except in deranged minds. For each nutter who blamed the Air Force for not detecting a meteor there would be two other nutters who blamed the AF for not shooting down a UFO.
We mustn't let conspiracy theorists and other nut cases run our science.
-- I agree with almost everything that you have said and almost everything that you will say in your entire life.