Great news to wake me up.


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" After all, we staged the Moon Landing."

Oh, my, yes!  I get so furious whenever I hear or read some doofus say something like that.  They have NO idea that it would have cost the same to fake the moon missions (with lift-offs, splash-downs, and the obvious difference in gravity) than it would have to just go ahead and DO it.

Is there some genetic cause for such ignorance?  Or does wearing white bedsheets and pointy headgear on a regular basis cause brain damage?

I remember there was a super-dumb movie about a Moon or Mars mission that was faked; do these brainless twits think it was a documentary?  (Silly me.  The same people seem to believe "The Flintstones" was a documentary.  Was there something strange in those kids' vitamins?)

Oh, well.  I'm still mentally jumping up and down with excitement.  I want to hug ALL those people in the blue shirts.  I love smart people.  We need more of them.

"Shared pain is lessened; shared joy is increased."

I could feel the excitement...not just over the net, but physically filling the air between Pasadena and here.  Whatta night!  Reminded me of when the volcanoes were discovered on Io, and when the first close-up images of Saturn's rings first appeared on the monitors at JPL.  Whoooo-eeeee!

Some good news, for a change.

What Curiosity saw as it landed.

Just for fun...a novel by Ben Bova (written 20 or 30 years ago) was about the first manned mission to Mars.  The first astronaut who stepped onto the red sands happened to be Navajo, or Dine'...he was so blown away that he forgot his prepared comment/speech, and just said, "Yah-ha-teh!"


 "It means the universe is good in you." Also some pronounce it "Yah-ha-Teh (or tey)" and some pronounce it "Yah-ah-Teh."

It can also mean a joyful, "Hello." 

So an awed "Yah-ha-teh" to Curiosity, and the whole project team.


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