• James McGee

Earth shattering news....it's not flat..!

Well, so much for the idea that it was.

Yes, folks; unsurprisingly, Mike Hughes' plan to prove the earth is flat ended, it's safe to say, more with a whimper than a bang. There has been no sign of him taking to the skies since he 'postponed' his launch a week ago due to health & safety fears.

I've a feeling that was Mike's fifteen minutes of fame right there.

Oh, well, never mind...pass the potatoes, gran.

A thought to end on, though.

There was a documentary on the BBC last week, part of BBC4's Storyville series. Its subject: how the twin Voyager space probes defied all the odds and how, after almost 40 years since they were launched, they continue to beam information across unimaginable distances.

One segment towards the end really did cause the breath to catch in the throat. It showed Carl Sagan, the American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and astrobiologist, presenting to an audience a photograph taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles) from where I'm sitting at my keyboard.

Caught among bands of sunlight scattered by the camera's optics there is a small blue dot.

Planet Earth.

Here is what Sagan said at the time:

Mike, eat your heart out....