Ever since the late-70s, thanks to Voyager, Carl Sagan and an astronomy class at the University of Toledo, I've been obsessed with Jupiter. I feel the same thrill now with the latest probe that I did three decades ago. It's highly unlikely that I'll ever get to go there, but I sure like thinking about it and at least visiting vicariously through our robots.
PS--Computers sure have come a long way since then, eh? Talk about stone knives and bear skins...
[Update: forgot to mention that Cosmos is coming back!
Carl Sagan revolutionized popular astronomy with his book and TV show "Cosmos", which had an audience of hundreds of millions of people. We’ve learned a lot about our Universe since then, and we’re overdue for a modern version of Sagan’s show. So I’m pleased to find out that Neil Tyson will be hosting a revamped and updated version of "Cosmos"!
He’s working with Ann Druyan (Sagan’s widow and herself a science popularizer), Steve Soter (who also worked on the original show), and Seth MacFarlane, creator of "Family Guy". I know, that may sound weird, but MacFarlane is a big science fan, a friend of Neil’s, and commonly puts a lot of science into his shows.
NTodd can't wait.]