Friday, March 8, 2002  [!]

Robert Scoble pointed to some fun Google language links:
[Swedish Chef] [Elmer Fudd] [Hacker] [PigLatin] [Klingon]

But what's really great is to see how consistently the language is applied throughout the site. Don't just go to the front page of google; see how they handle

A long long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... Newly Spotted Galaxy Sets Distance Record

Astronomers have captured light from the farthest galaxy ever seen in a finding that will help reveal the universe as it was during the earliest stages of development.

The newly found galaxy is said to be 15.5 billion light-years away. At this distance, the scientists know its light "turned on" about 780 million years after the Big Bang. That's 50 million years earlier than the previously oldest-known gallery. Just wait till they get a look at it with that new Hubble telescope lens!

Awright, dudes! Last Hubble-related spacewalk successful—cool! literally; it involved a cryogenic cooler.
Spacewalking NASA astronauts took a giant step toward reviving the Hubble Space Telescope's sightless infrared eyes Friday, outfitting the observatory with an experimental refrigerator designed to resuscitate a comatose camera. ...

After all, the crew already had pulled off chancy transplant surgery on the electrical heart of Hubble, and the astronauts also equipped it with two new solar wings and the most powerful planetary camera ever launched into orbit.

"We've given Hubble a new power system that will take it off into the next decade of discovery. We've given it new eyes to see deeper into the universe than it's ever been able to see before," [Astronaut John] Grunsfeld said.

"The best word that I can think of to describe this servicing mission is awesome," added NASA Hubble Project Manager Preston Burch. "That's like in, totally awesome, dude."

(Mission Status Center)

Look! Up in the Sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Ikeya-Zhang! Viewer's Guide to New Comet Ikeya Zhang

Comet Ikeya-Zhang will make its closest approach to the Sun on March 18, when it will be roughly 47 million miles away or midway between the orbits of Mercury and Venus. Shortly after it was discovered on Feb. 1, it appeared there was a chance that Ikeya-Zhang might evolve into the comet of the decade, judging by an initial rapid brightening and its possible link to a spectacular 16th Century comet.

Observations of the comet in recent days however, have tempered those initial high expectations.