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Which the new group undeniably does, with volunteers generously giving their time. Apparently, though, that generosity doesn't extend to giving credit where it's due.
Messing with the Stars
When a Russian astrologer sued NASA over the Deep Impact mission -- which involved a space probe smashing into a comet -- the space agency haughtily refused to comment. Despite assurances to Hair Balls that a spokesperson would address the weighty issue of whether the collision threw off the Russian's astrological charts, NASA evidently decided to instead concentrate on an upcoming shuttle launch.
Maybe they shouldn't have been so dismissive. Marva Mason is an astrologer here in Houston, and her client list includes NASA employees.
"One is more of an engineer, who's pretty well into the program," Mason says. "But when they come to me for readings, it's really more on personal issues, and nothing really connected with NASA."
Maybe NASA engineers should ask Mason about their missions, though. (Hey, Nancy Reagan used astrology to schedule summit meetings.) Deep Impact hit the comet on Monday, July 4; here's the reading www.astrology.com published for Capricorns that week: "Your current work project is attracting the flightiest people! On Monday it might be time to put your foot down and demand attentive participation from all involved parties."
Mason, by the way, says the Russian's suit is "totally absurd [a comet] is not going to make a big difference in her chart. Maybe she might have a point if somebody busted into Pluto or Jupiter or the sun or earth." NASA officials did not return calls inquiring whether such missions were planned.
Mason says, "the whole premise of [the suit] is just absurd, that it would affect her She's got to be nuts. I mean, that's my take on it. [Comets] do not create that much influence on our life, not like a planet does. So for her to be making that kind of assumption is just ludicrous."
Comets: ludicrous. Planets: not ludicrous. Are you listening, NASA?