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Friday, April 28, 2006

Deep Impact Won't Spoil Memorial Day Weekend!

I am fascinated by movies that depict the end of the world or disasters. Deep Impact, Armageddon, The Stand, Independence Day, Earthquake, and Dante's Peak are just a few examples. These movies are an opportunity for us to safely observe the worst. We can sit there and cringe, cry, and sit on the edge of the seat, knowing at the end of the movie, we can go back to our normal lives.

While watching these movies, we get the opportunity to observe the best and worst in people. We get to see the heros: the ones who help hold people together, who make the inspiring speeches, who save people by cajoling them, encouraging them, yelling at them if necessary. We also get to see the ones who hide under their desk, who run screaming into the night, who put themselves first, and who throw their hands up in despair. We get to think about how we would act/react. I hope I can follow in the footsteps of Tea Leoni Bruce Willis, Gary Sinise, Bill Pulman, Charlton Heston, and Pierce Brosnan. But we don't ever know until we are in that situation.
Hubble Telescope has taken pictures of a fragmenting comet. The bad news is these fragments will pass 'near' earth. But the good news, is that near is about 5 million miles away! So, we won't be having a Deep Impact scenario playing itself out for us next month, but there will be some interesting space events to watch! Read here for the rest of the story.




2 Comments:

At 10:57 AM, Blogger B O B said...

Very interesting post. I was reading something else about this. And, this man claims that on May 25th we are going to go through an earth shattering event. Most sane people have discounted this, but he claims the comet is going to bring more that we expect. And used NASA reentry software to verify his claim. He also claims to see UFO's, but that is another story. Here is a quote from him:

Regarding its importance, Julien declares: "we have to save lives when we have such information to share with the public". He further claims it important "to preserve all data, historical artifacts and precious material in the event of such a collision." Julien predicts that the comet collision will occur in the Atlantic Ocean between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer, and generates 200 meter waves. Julien concludes that "each person with this information has to take responsibility to warn potential victims."
See this Newswire

It reminds me of all those movies I have seen when someone who has been discounted as a raving idiot was right all along. But I don't think this movie plot will re-invent itself May 25th.

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

We will be at the beach on May 25th...so if the waves rise up, it will be over before we know it and we can move on to the next life.

May 5th of last year was supposed the end of the world, according to Nostrodamus, but that didn't happen either. For which Daniel was grateful since that was when he celebrated his 40th birthday.

 

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