Monday, May 23, 2005

clear sky at night, merchant’s delight?

Is a night sky like this one far, far away???


courtesy of the Reuters Oddly Enough files…

The U.S. government does not want billboards in space.

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed on Thursday to amend its regulations to ensure that it can enforce a law that prohibits "obtrusive" advertising in zero gravity.

"Objects placed in orbit, if large enough, could be seen by people around the world for long periods of time," the FAA said in a regulatory filing.

Currently, the FAA lacks the authority to enforce the existing law.

For instance, outsized billboards deployed by a space company into low Earth orbit could appear as large as the moon and be seen without a telescope, the FAA said.
Big and bright advertisements might hinder astronomers.

"Large advertisements could destroy the darkness of the night sky," regulators said.

Could they? Really? Ya think? Good to know there’s committee meetings out there going on to make these crucial decisions – these people sure do earn their salaries, don’t they?


Gaye said...

I'm sorry--I should have asked you this BEFORE I started commenting on your blog--do you mind if I continue to comment?

Buffalo said...

Oh, please!

shandi said...

I remember sitting in my 5th grade classroom when my teacher told us that one the not to distant future...we would see billboards in the sky. I thought he was a little too "Big Brother" since he also had us reading every utopian novel that ever existed. It couldn't really happen, right? Just because we can do something...doesn't mean we should.