spac_sbirs-high_lg For the past 15 years, scientists have been allowed to collect data from classified military satellites primarily used for detecting nuclear bomb tests, but also useful in observing “shooting stars” and other inbound phenomena. Well that gravy train has ended. Space reports that “a recent U.S. military policy decision now explicitly states that observations by hush-hush government spacecraft of incoming bolides and fireballs are classified secret and are not to be released.” Researchers are pissed off naturally, but why should you care? Because as this “Space Insider Columnist” notes, “It’s nice to know that a sky-high detonation is natural versus a nuclear weapon blast.” Yeah, one could see how that would be important. |Space|