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A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

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Friday, January 08, 2010

NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer snaps its first picture | Space News from The Huntsville Times -

By Shelby G. Spires

January 06, 2010, 2:28PM

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This is a photograph of the Carina constellation taken by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer. 

This infrared snapshot of a region in the constellation Carina near the Milky Way was taken shortly after NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, ejected its cover, according to NASA. 
The "first-light" picture shows thousands of stars and covers an area three times the size of the moon. WISE will take more than a million similar pictures covering the whole sky. . .

That NASA calls this a "snapshot" is an understatement. Reread the size described: "three times the size of the moon."
The ability to do this sort of thing still amazes me and contributes to my remaining an incurable "space junkie."

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