I had the thought some time back that one way George W. Bush might repair his legacy would be to pilot a jet fighter into the power plant of an attacking alien mother-ship, as Randy Quaid did in the movie Independence Day, sacrificing his life to save the planet. A lot can happen between now and next January, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, this is pretty cool:
A Navy cruiser in the Pacific Ocean will try an unprecedented shoot-down of an out-of-control, school-bus-size U.S. spy satellite loaded with a toxic fuel as it begins its plunge to Earth…
On a related note, depending on how this attempt fares, I wonder how the next round of budget proposals for missile defense will fare in Congress. I also wonder if certain political candidates will think to make this a campaign issue.
UPDATE: A good story on this is in the paper of record.