What’s wrong with this picture?
Does anyone recall the ground crew for the space shuttle wearing hazmat suits upon touchdown? Da-da doesn’t. So, why does the X-37B ground crew need hazmat suits? Is the cargo that’s been in space for 500 days contagious? Radioactive? Did it go up that way? Did it bring back a toxic space bigfoot? Will anyone ever answer these annoying questions? No. But Da-da and a lot of other people — those four left with inquiring minds — would like to know.
Here’s some eye candy, showcasing the inside. Take a look:
Ok. Look inside. Is hydrogen peroxide or jet fuel dangerous enough to warrant hazmat suits? Short answer: no.
Don’t think it’s just when the X-37B secret space SUV returns from space, either. The ground crew wears the suits when fueling it up, too. Unless they’re outgassing something toxic from within. Can’t they find a general to suck that out?
Now, don’t get your chemtrail dander up here, folks. As you can see in the pics, there’s no dispersal system on their little space SUV — unless it’s inside the bay — and Da-da doubts that anything sprayed by such a small vehicle at such a low altitude (actually below that of satellites) would do much. It can’t be that the military is leery of space microbes — it’s run by them — unless that’s what they’re capturing at that altitude. Anyone remember the movie, “GREEN SLIME”?
As usual with our tentacular military-industrial-entertainment-cabal-complex menace (pictured above), your guess is as good as your guess. It does have one eye and tentacles, though, so you do the math. And yes, Da-da could’ve gone ANDROMEDA STRAIN, but GREEN SLIME has a better theme song, esp. for a Friday. Enjoy. And keep your suits on till you get the all-clear.
[Note: all images courtesy of space.com, but they’re actually public domain, as U.S. taxpayers paid for them, so feel free to draw mustaches on them and call them Steve.]
[UPDATE: oops. Da-da didn’t realize that they may have been wearing the suits because the hydrogen peroxide on board was *pure strength* and highly corrosive. Still, if it’s that bad, how did it make it 500 days in space? Anyway, so that happened. Mea culpa.]
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