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    reading good news like this and realizing that we're not dead in the water as long as we work and dream.

    What you didn't mention about Dawn, which in my opinion is the most exciting thing of all, is that it's the first spacecraft not to merely go from a to b, but a to b to c.  In short, it's making a trip with stops in between, not just flybys.  In this sense it's the first spacecraft to work like a car or an airplane- a step closer to spacecraft we can hop in and drive around where we want to go.  A step closer to the survey ship that explores new worlds, seeks out new life and new civili... ahem.  A long, long way away, yet, but an important step.  

    And I agree with you completely re. the thrill of seeing a new world.  I still remember watching with bated breath as the first pictures came in from the surface of Titan.  A new world, a new landscape, that humans had never seen before.  Amazing.  

    Thanks for a great diary!

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