Offtopic, but high level of geekness….
Early on Saturday, Melbourne time, mankind will attempt to catch its first pocketful of comet dust. Almost 390 million kilometres away, a NASA space probe, Stardust, will dive deep inside a cloud of dust and gas spewing from a comet called Wild 2. Travelling at 21,000 km/h, it will use a tennis racquet-shaped collector to snare more than 1000 dust particles from the cloud, possibly providing clues to the birth of life on Earth. Canberra’s Tidbinbilla tracking station will stay in touch as Stardust zooms 300 kilometres above the comet. [more]
This is cool. Even cooler, the names of all my family are on a microchip embedded on the probe. Over 1 million names were collected and placed on the STARDUST spacecraft. If you look closely, you will see many Arrigo’s listed!! (Sorry Bricey you aren’t on the chip – but then again, you weren’t born when this was launched!).