We ♥ Pluto
And it appears Pluto loves us back – its “two-tone heart” has enchanted scientists and the general public alike. But what’s that got to do with analytical science?
Rich Whitworth |
After a journey of over three billion miles, New Horizons has successfully completed its flyby of Pluto (1) – a feat akin to “a golfer in New York hitting a hole-in-one in Los Angeles,” according to project manager Glen Fountain (2). And though I disagree with likening the accomplishment to a truly impossible task (that would be a truly gargantuan swing), I do appreciate just how thrilled everyone involved in the project must feel.
Avid readers of The Analytical Scientist will know that I’m somewhat hooked on our exploration of space. But it’s not just because of my childhood (OK – and adulthood) love of science fiction. I am more fascinated by the deep collaborative effort required; to gain any (useful) knowledge from such bold attempts to reach beyond our own planet, we need the total diligence and focus of many scientific disciplines – including analytical scientists.
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