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Christopher Monckton

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Not greatly to my surprise—indeed I predicted it—the satellite crashed on take-off because the last thing they [NASA] want is real world hard data.
Attributed by Adam Morton, reporting in The Age, about a speaking engagement in which Lord Monckton implied NASA sabotaged a Taurus rocket in order to prevent the Orbiting Carbon Observatory from reaching space.

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