Monday, March 11, 2002  [!]

Six months since that sunny horrible morning, when so many died and the towers collapsed. I spoke on Friday night with someone I hardly knew at the time, a "where were you when?" conversation. It all came back so clearly. Can you believe it's been six months? Half a year? (I didn't see the documentary last night. I'll have to see if any of my friends taped it)

Worldgame . This is a site for a world simulation game; There's a set of worldometers, where you can see realtime statistics on population, education, environment, government, energy, food supply.

Keep concerns planetside In light of matters on this planet, who gives a rip about space? Polls show lackluster public support for NASA. Orlando Sentinel article about the poll. But! But! Far more than velcro! Look at how we've benefited from the space programócomputer technology, consumer/home/recreation, environmental, health and medicine, etc., etc., etc.

Post-Hubble repairs Astronauts Act Like Toursits After Tough Mission Takin' pictures, staring at our planet. Great view, eh? Also they reflect on their accomplishments after repairs to Hubble.

[Astronaut Rick Linnehan]: "I look out in the payload bay, (Hubble's) no longer there, it's almost hard to imagine that I did what I did. It's probably the most important thing I'll ever do in my life," Linnehan said.

His spacewalking partner, astronomer John Grunsfeld, was on his second Hubble servicing mission and agreed with Linnehan's assessment.

"When we look back 30, 40, 50 years from now, I think we'll see Hubble as the most important scientific instrument in human history. Hubble has really opened our eyes to what the universe is made of, its structure, and has helped us learn how little we know about the universe," Grunsfeld said.

They'll be home tomorrow.

What about upcoming missions? Next launches: April 4, May 2, July 11. God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be at one of them; don't know yet which one. When I do go, I won't have to refer to this info page for viewing shuttle launches. :D

Picturesque ...and surreal. Unexpected Images. Digital camera (Nikon Coolpix 990) that'd gone into the drink and then dried out now takes surreal fotos.

"This is like someone handing you a camera before the first-ever picture was taken. You have no idea what the light will do and it's the same light that Moses read the Ten Commandments by," Eaves said almost reverently.

As the retired safety engineer says, everything the camera sees is real ó it only interprets things differently. Realism is out the window, or out of his camera anyway.

I saw this story on Daypop Top 40 and since I just talked my brother through how to insert the Flash memory card on his new Coolpix 995, I think I'll email him the story as a warning not to dunk his camera in water. (side earlyish adopter note: How come it is that my younger brother has both a more powerful computer than I do and now he's got a more hefty model of digital camera?)