Thursday, January 19, 2006

soaring in the express lane

I watched the launch of the Atlas V rocket carrying the New Horizons spacecraft on MSNBC this afternoon, which I learned is the fastest rocket ever used by NASA. Whereas it took the Apollo crew 3 days to reach the Moon, this craft will reach it in just 9 hours. How amazing! The spacecraft also carries the ashes of Pluto's discoverer, Clyde W. Tombaugh, who died in 1997 at the age of 90.


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