I have been closing watching JPL's activities in the last year. I was really excited when the rovers landed on Mars. I stayed up all night to watch the NASA TV broadcast of the landing. Now another great news from the same people, Hyugens has landed. Hyugens has taken seven years to reach the Titan (a moon of Saturn). It was attached to the Cassini spacecraft that arrived at Saturn in July 2004.
Here is what Professor Southwood told the BBC.
"We're doing something today which will last for centuries. It's not my name that matters it's what we're doing," said Professor Southwood.
"You have to take risks, otherwise, nothing ventured, nothing gained."
Pasadena, where the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is located is close to my place. I should visit there sometime and blog about it.