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I May Wet Myself…

Update:

What is this quote from?  (no google-peeking)

When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six, I did.

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YEARS after launch, it is almost time…

December 7, 2010

One Hundred Days until Mercury Orbit Insertion

One hundred days from now, MESSENGER will execute a 15-minute maneuver that will place the spacecraft into orbit about Mercury, making it the first craft ever to do so, and initiating a one-year science campaign to understand the innermost planet. It has already been 14 years since this mission was first proposed to NASA, more than 10 years since the project officially began, and over six years since the spacecraft was launched.   – JHU’s MESSENGER Website

So it’s been traveling since August 3, 2004 and now finally, in 2010 it’s only 100 days away.  At this time… 4.7 BILLION miles.  That’s a long ways without bathroom breaks.

Just the astrophysicist’s work in plotting the course that has been so dead-nuts on that he’s gotten awards for it is amazing, but the whole darned thing is cool.  It won’t be cool while it’s in a polar orbit around Mercury for a year, though.  It’ll be hot.  Damned hot.

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In the last week Cruel Wife has allowed me to spend saved money.   A HiDef monitor, a 1 TB hard drive, a Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera, and soon… very soon… Photoshop CS5 Extended.  Oh the things I’ll be able to do.

That is, when I stop injuring myself.  Last night I steamed my right thumb with steam escaping a plastic covered bowl of nuked green beans.

Tonight I picked up a half-full pot that had been on the stove.   The handle was very hot  where it stuck into the vents for the oven down below.  When I went to go get it I did so w/o mitts.  Pinky, ring, and middlefinger all smart like the beejezus and match my right thumb.  These were worse – contact burns down to the second knuckle.   Mmmm-hmmmmm.

Thank God for WaterGel™, is all I have to say.

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