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t minus 4.9 days and counting!

Less than five days remain before New Horizons' launch window opens! I'll be heading down to Florida in a few days to see it. The weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high temperature in the upper 70s F (mid 20s C) at the first launch opportunity.

Along with a beach towel and sunblock, I'll be packing my new digital camera, a Panasonic Lumix FZ5. So far it's great: quick, sharp, steady, 12X optical zoomable, and as simple to use or finely tuneable as I want.

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thewronghands
Jan. 13th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
Awesome! I look forward to hearing all about it!
thedreadpilot
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
Similarities
You'd never guess what I got for Christmas. I got a new camera, too. In fact, it's a Panasonic Lumix FZ5. We're the same, you and me.

Except...

I meant it when I said I love you. I meant it when I said, "in sickness and in health." I meant it when I said, "until we are parted by death." And I don't think I could live with myself after destroying my spouse's life.

I imagine that it would have been difficult for you to continue to live with my depression, but I not only lived with yours, I did everything in my power to help you. It was much harder for me, and still, I stood by you, just like I promised.

I made a deliberate decision not to post to your weblog after you asked me to leave. I didn't want to make things any more difficult than they already were. But after six months, things couldn't really get more difficult than they are for me. And I don't really feel a need to make your life easier any longer, as that's a courtesy that you haven't even tried to extend to me. You won't even return my phone calls anymore.

I still love you. I still miss you horribly. But, despite the countless times I said it, maybe the two of us aren't the same after all.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 16th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
Congrats on your soon-to-be spacecraft! I'm really jealous - none of the spacecraft I've worked on have actually flown (in the real world that is, though they looked great in simulation!)

Now lets hope all those bugs got worked out in testing. ;)

I assume your name is on the onboard CD? (not to mention your 'fingerprints' in the code)

Andy
http://highearthorbit.com
radhardened
Jan. 19th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
Re: Congrats!
I assume your name is on the onboard CD? Yep. Along with just a few others.
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