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Wibbling for Robots, Part Deux

To the animators at NASA who put together the little video about the scientific legacy of the Galileo mission*:

Okay, so your idea of how to edit scenes makes it pretty clear why you didn't end up with your dream job at Pixar and instead spend a whole lot of your time animating spinning spheres of various colors and sizes. 


The choice of "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" to accompany the shot of Galileo hurtling itself into the crushing atmosphere of Jupiter, so that it would not crash land on any of Jupiter's icy moons--moons that GALILEO ITSELF had discovered harbored oceans under their ice where life might have once taken hold--where it could concievably contaminate some of the most likely sites for non-terrestrial life in the solar system? And then the "in memoriam" frame like the spacecraft was a soldier who died in battle?

I got a little verklempt.

Congratulations on a job well done, nerdlings.

* Galileo was a spacecraft that orbited Jupiter for 8 years, from 1995 to 2003, and made detailed observations about the planet's immense atmosphere and weather systems (including dropping a parachute probe into the clouds). It also provided much more detailed information about Jupiter's moons, such as the aforementioned subsurface oceans on Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto, and the spectacular volcanic eruptions of Io. The amazing discoveries of Galileo helped the Juno mission, currently en route to Jupiter and on track to arrive in July 2016, get green-lighted.