Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Pins & Needles

Yesterday I had my computer tuned in to NASA TV to watch the launch of the New Horizons probe to Pluto. For three hours I listened as launch control prepared for launch and then delayed for 15 minutes, then got ready to go and delayed yet again, as high winds and technical glitches finally forced the launch to be delayed until today. And then today's launch had to be delayed because the mission headquarters at Johns Hopkins University lost electricity before they could determine that everything is still okay on the probe. I imagine that everyone involved is raring to go, after several years of mission planning, several budget cuts and other delays.

I'm also sitting on pins and needles as I await news on various job applications I've put out. So far I've heard precious little, but it is the time of year when a torrent of news will soon come. I'm hoping something positive comes my way! So, I can empathize with the New Horizons crew. Best of luck tomorrow!

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