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Fraser
2008-Feb-22, 04:10 PM
“One equal temper of heroic heart Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”—from the poem “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord TennysonThe Ulysses spacecraft has been heroically studying our sun for more than 17 years, almost four times its expected lifetime. But now, [...]

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KaiYeves
2008-Feb-22, 06:25 PM
That quote's on Robert Scott's tombstone. Very classy, Fraser.

Disinfo Agent
2008-Feb-22, 10:54 PM
I had no idea that the title of Heinlein's novel came from a poem!

ravens_cry
2008-Feb-22, 11:17 PM
I feel the same way I did when Mir went down, another old bird who served us well.
"I Salute you!" Fowler.

KaiYeves
2008-Feb-23, 01:04 AM
I had no idea that the title of Heinlein's novel came from a poem!
I'm freely going to admit my ignorance and ask which one. I'm not too knowledgeable about SF.

Noclevername
2008-Feb-23, 06:26 AM
Farewell, old sojourner. You literally went above and beyond the call.

Ronald Brak
2008-Feb-23, 07:46 AM
Doubtful it stood;
As two spent swimmers, that do cling together
And choke their art. The merciless Hydrazine--
Worthy to be a rebel, for to that
The multiplying villanies of nature
Do swarm upon it--from the fuel tank
By tube and valve is supplied;
And sunshine, while on Ulysses smiling,
Show'd like a rebel's whore: but all's too weak:
For frigid cold--ever growing stronger--
Disdaining fortune, chilled burnished steel,
And made it icey to the touch,
Hydrazine could no longer carve out its passage,
And froze solid;
And ne'er reach reaction chamber, nor ignited,
And all mission control were undone,
And laid their heads upon their consoles.

Van Rijn
2008-Feb-23, 10:26 AM
I'm freely going to admit my ignorance and ask which one. I'm not too knowledgeable about SF.

To Sail Beyond the Sunset.

KaiYeves
2008-Feb-23, 05:38 PM
Okay, thank you.