8:00 am: I had orange juice this morning (which I almost never do), as I watch Orion lift off in a dawn ceremony.
Mission control called the first test of the capsule a "picture perfect" mission that had surmounted "significant milestones" for the program that could eventually pave the way for putting astronauts on the surface of the Red Planet.
NASA: "There's your new spacecraft, America!"
Orion, which could one day take astronauts to Mars, made a "bull's-eye splashdown" at 11:29 a.m. ET, mission control said, after the spacecraft endured a searing 4,000-degree Fahrenheit re-entry and was carried to the ocean surface under four giant red-and-white parachutes.
12:00 pm A friend mentions a boat named OJ.
Officials noted that in two days, it will be exactly 42 years since Apollo 17 launched.
3:00 pm: Varen tells me to go look outside to see the rainbow. He’s going to the store.
4:30 pm: Varen brought home a big bag of oranges from Safeway. He said they are “full of liquid sunshine”. I couldn’t help but quote Miss Oklahoma, Florida orange spokesmodel and notorious anti-homite Anita Bryant:
“A breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine!”
“Before the news conference ended, a rainbow appeared in the sky.” -cbs8
I made a fire this evening in the INTREPID II using kindling from the MOCK orange we cut down last year. Ahhh... Here we go again. Perfect timing with Interstellar, Nolan playing the Kubrick of our time.
Capricorn One is a 1978 thriller movie about a Mars landing hoax. It was written and directed by Peter Hyams and produced by Lew Grade's (British) ITC Entertainment. It stars Elliott Gould with James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O. J. Simpson as the astronauts.
I do admit the rainbow was well done. Nice one, Maestro.
“Happy is he who’s quiver is full” -Orion