Far Out

Far Out

Three billion miles from Earth. Three billion. My car’s Blaupunkt radio can barely pick up WWUH-FM from Middletown and NASA’s scientists are having a conversation with a space probe circling Pluto. I saw the crowd on TV at flight control and Bill Nye “The Science Guy” was among them looking very pleased. President Obama and Stephen Hawking weighed in on it, too. Yesterday, I sensed a plethora of Pluto-the-dog cartoons so I put one on my Facebook page just to discourage me from putting it on The Courant’s pages. It has taken over nine years to fly to Pluto. If I ever fly to Europe again, I won’t complain. Eight hours sounds like the blink of an eye. I...