Japan’s troubled satellite Hitomi has finally met its demise. JAXA has decidedly given up on any rescue attempts for the doomed satellite. Call it a bad luck, evil space angels or poor Japanese design. Either way, the satellite isn’t coming back. Hopefully, SpaceX can avoid such a catastrophe.
IF THERE ARE SPACE ANGELS THEY HATE JAPAN
Yesterday, the Japanese space agency has announced that it will be discontinuing Hitomi’s operations. Hitomi was doomed from the start. Shortly after launch, Japan lost contact with the device and after several attempts at reestablishing a connection, they have decided to give up. Some believe that Hitomi may have died due to a simple engineering flaw. Surely, Japan would rather believe that the space angels failed them instead of admitting a mistake. It looks like they won’t have to blame angels, instead, they can blame South America.
SOUTH AMERICA DESTROYED JAPANESE SATELLITE
A region exists over South America that exposes satellites to extra radiation. Apparently, a certain side of Hitomi was exposed to that region when it wasn’t supposed to. This caused that particular system to stop working and the satellite continues to spin out of control. In an effort to fix itself, Hitomi fired a thruster in the wrong direction, only causing the spinning to increase intensity. Space angels would have to have a cruel sense of humor to believe that one. Japan is better off blaming South America. It’s more believable that way. With all these radioactive countries destroying satellites and possible evil angels in space, does SpaceX stand any chance with their missions to Mars?
SPACEX WILL HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL
In the eyes of many, SpaceX and Elon Musk can do no wrong. It almost seems that everything Musk touches turns to gold. A trip to mars is a little more difficult then acting as a delivery boy for the ISS. SpaceX has the plan to get to Mars by 2018. If they can follow through with this, their Red Dragon will represent the first privatized object ever on the planet. On paper, it looks simple. However, The cosmic powers that be may have another plan. SpaceX should take heed the warning of Japan. They may have their hands full.