NASA has announced that one of its satellites has collided with a Russian satellite, creating a cloud of space debris that threatens other space objects.
They did not say whether red-light cameras played any part in the collision.
Scientists say, however, that satellites have never collided in the 50-odd years of them orbiting Earth. Then, not long after red-light cameras become popular, a collision happens? We don't think it's coincidence.
The two satellites were about 500 miles above the earth, going 17,500 MPH, and no one on either side was really looking for the other guy.
Hmmm: High, going fast and not paying attention? Sounds like drivers leaving the Richmond Strip at 2 am on a Saturday.
We're not saying red-light cameras caused the collision -- it's clearly too early to tell -- we're just asking why, once again, is the city of Houston refusing to release whatever report or study they have on the situation?
What do Bob Stein and Randall Kallinen have to say about it?
We won't rest until we know.
-- Richard Connelly
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