Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I found this article about a Russian farmer that was suing the Russian Space agency, Roskosmos.
He claims that a large chunk of rocket fell on his farm almost hitting his "out door bathroom" (that's an out house for all you country folk) he claims the rocket part almost destroyed part of his property. He is asking for 1million roubles. That's about $42,000. He will buy some sheep and a life time supply of pine scented air fresheners for his "out door bathroom" ( like the little tree car kind) to make him feel one with nature. Boris Urmatov and his neighbors say that it is common for parts to fall from the sky after a launch. The Roskosmos agency says it tries to warn local of launches so they can stay in doors.
"Technologically speaking, these parts are supposed to fall off during a launch. They fly, they fall, they fly, they fall. It's how they work," said Roskosmos spokesman Alexander Vorobyov.
Last I checked though a rickety out house is no match to a rocket that weighs thousands of pounds. However Boris feels that he suffered stress and deserves recompense. I guess i would be stressed too if I lived in a falling rocket zone maybe the government should put a yellow caution sign next to his out house. You know the kind they have by the side of a cliff that says "FALLING ROCK".