Monday, January 16, 2006

Tomorrow I'm going to Pluto! See you in 2018!

Well...just my name is going into space.

In about 17 hours the New Horizons space probe will lift off, begining a voyage to the edge of our solar system. Traveling along with the probe will be an American flag and a CD with nearly 430,000 names.

Last year, I signed up at the New Horzions web site and put my name and my wife's in the database.

Also along for the trip will be six people with the name Bill Gates, five Darth Vaders, two Captain Kirks, three Luke Skywalkers, three Han Solos, two Buzz Lightyears and one Bilbo Baggins.

Unfortunately, it appears that Mr. Spock or Mr. Scott couldn't make the trip.

This has been a pretty good week for space news. This weekend the Stardust probe landed safely with captured comet dust particles and the Mars Rovers are still going strong.

We all wish the New Horizons probe a safe journey.

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