3.86 billion miles - 7 years - and down to earth again - almost on X marks the spot - Bennu sends us a present of 250g (looked it up on Google 8.81549oz) of gritty bits of Asteroid as a present (well actually we stole it didn't we - we weren't handed it on a plate). Apparently a quarter of the rubble is going to be distributed around the world to 35 institutions (a few milligrams each), then a bit kept for Nasa and then a bit sealed away (this is the bit I like best of all) for future generations using:
"techniques not yet designed"
"technologies yet to be developed"
and best of all:
"using questions not yet thought of and answered".
Am I getting old or what? My immediate thought was 'do I really want to know or has my brain shut down?'
And I was transported back to the last century and the Moon Landing and my son D with his Mum and Dad - all running down the path and rushing in to my parents' house to see if they had landed on the moon, only to find Mum and Dad hadn't even got the TV on and were calmly sitting eating their lunch.
"Why would we have the telly on? You don't want to be bothered with all that rubbish surely?"
Oh dear - am I getting old? Surely not. No - perk up old dear - read the article again (and then again) and try to make sense of it. I am still part of the 21st century even if I would rather not be.