If I mention Project Scoop to you guys, does it ring any bells? CNN The reason I put this here, instead of the Current Events forum, is that this development reminds me uncomfortably of this story. In Michael Crichton's thriller, the government deliberately sent up satellites in the hope of collecting lethal extra-terrestrial microorganisms. That was Project Scoop. This isn't that much different. The potential here is scary for obvious reasons. And even if you're naive enough to believe our own government's interest is not piqued by this development, don't forget...we're not the only country that has a space program.