Saturday, January 15, 2005


Titan Ain't the Kind of Place to Raise Your Kids

The Sirens of Titan

What an amazing story, and a proud success on many levels, I think.

Political aside: I happened to have been monitoring Fox News as the brave Huygens punctured Titan's dense atmosphere. The news anchor's commentary was like "Uh, I guess we'll finally see if this lump of ice has men on it. We don't think so, but I guess you never know until you check", very sarcastic and dismissive, like "look at what thoth thilly thientith are up to now".

You could tell they didn't want to touch the back story, about how scientists think Earth may have sported similar hydrocarbon mush when life appeared 6 billion years ago.
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