Letters: Satellite; Deficit Reduction

Melissa Block and Lynn Neary read emails from listeners.

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LYNN NEARY, host: Time now for your letters and several listeners wrote in to correct us on a story we aired yesterday. It was about a retired research satellite that's making its way back to Earth, albeit in pieces, expected to rain down later this week. First, we mistakenly said the satellite weighs 1,300 pounds. Apologies, we dropped a zero and should have said 13,000 pounds.

We also said the satellite, quote, "has been sucked into Earth's gravitational pull." But, as David Hitlin(ph), a physics professor at California Institute of Technology points out, that's not quite true. Professor Hitlin writes: The satellite, of course, as with any satellite of the Earth, never left Earth's gravitational field.

MELISSA BLOCK, host: Well, Scott Porter(ph) of Seneca Falls, New York, heard or story about the falling satellite, as well as another piece from yesterday's program about President Obama's deficit reduction plan. And together, the two stories reminded him of a bit of comedy gold from 1979.

Porter writes this: heard a half block of your program yesterday and listened to satellites falling back to Earth and an economist explaining that taxing the rich at 50 percent would barely put a dent into our deficit woes. The satellite story got me nostalgic for the John Belushi bit on Skylab falling back to Earth on Saturday Night Live. So I peeped it on YouTube. In it, not only does Skylab crash into his apartment in New York City, he laments paying the government 50 percent of his money.

(SOUNDBITE OF A SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKIT)

JOHN BELUSHI, ACTOR: Hey, here's John Belushi in his apartment in New York, here he's not worried about Skylab, no. That's silly. You know, I mean, what do you know - it's just like a pizza. (inaudible) Do I have any reason to be worried or be afraid? The government takes 50 percent of my money that I earn every year. They should be spending it on mass transit, solar energy, clean up the environment.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

ACTOR: But no, no, they have to spend millions (inaudible) a few pieces of steel (inaudible).

NEARY: Thank you for your letters and for a good excuse to play some John Belushi tape.

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