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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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