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Rocket! Guitar! Drums!

18 Sep 2016, 18:24 UTC
Rocket! Guitar! Drums!
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The Atlas V rocket carrying the OSIRIS-REx mission toward asteroid Bennu. I went to Florida to watch the launch on September 8, 2016. And it was AWESOME. [Credit: moi]I promise I didn’t mean to go six months without updating the blog.
On the other hand, as I’ve noted before, I don’t get paid for blogging, so not blogging generally means I’m busy with work. That’s what’s happened here: I’ve had a very busy year so far, one that’s kept me mostly out of trouble (both the fun and the bad kinds).
However, I’m dusting off the blog now for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that I’m working again on some projects I set aside during the busy-ness, which may be of some interest to my regular readers; more on those in later posts. The second is that I miss doing the kind of explanatory science writing that works very well on a blog, but which very few publications are willing to shell out for. Whether I’ll post frequently again is another question, and I won’t promise anything.
The prototype of the snorfler, the business end of the sampling arm on OSIRIS-REx. This device will pump nitrogen gas ...

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