Russian astrologer sues NASA over comet experiment
July 04, 2005
A Russian astrologer took legal action against NASA for compensation Monday,
claiming that the US space agency's bombardment of the Tempel 1 comet will
upset her horoscope and violates her spiritual rights.
The experiment, in which NASA fired a projectile the size of a fridge at the
comet Monday, was an attack on "the holy of holies," Marina Bai's law suit
claims, according to Russian press reports. Her suit, filed at a Moscow
court, claims violation of her "life and spiritual values."
"In any case, it is obvious that elements of the comet's orbit and
associated ephemera will change after the explosion, which interferes with
my practice of astrology and deforms my horoscope," the Izvestia daily
quoted Bai as saying.
Bai is demanding 8.7 billion rubles (300 million dollars, 250 million euros)
Her lawyer, Alexander Molokhov, told the Moscow Echo radio that the case is
based on solid legal ground, since NASA has a representative office on
Bai originally attempted to have a court prevent the experiment from taking
place, but her suit was rejected. After a higher city court intervened, the
court agreed to hear the case -- though too late to protect Tempel 1.
The NASA probe rammed into the comet, which lies 133 million kilometers (83
million miles) from Earth, early Monday as part of an experiment that
scientists hope will help reveal how the Universe was formed.
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