USA 193

Keep this to yourself

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This we like. The underdog, the little man, David and Goliath, there are many ways of expressing the same thing. Which is, that the might of the state can be threatened, or so we are told, by just an ordinary citizen. And in the case of spy satellites, it would seem that a man on the balcony of an apartment block in Toronto, and another in his back garden in Cheshire equiped with no more than binoculars, stopwatch and webcam are, according to the 'big people' doing just that. Many years ago trainspotting was popular. Why that should be I simply don't know. Trainspotting has always served as a benchmark for similar hobbies, the Internet is awash with the websites of bus, plane and you name it groups offering opportunities to indulge in these simple 'passions'. But time moves on. Man the spotter has raised his eyes to the heavens, not to conventional astronomy, but something closer to home and has taken an interest in satellites, particularly one called USA 193.

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