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A lament for Titan

The success of Huygens landing on Titan, as mentioned in The secrets of Titan, is like a Christmas gift for scientists all over the world. However, not everyone is leaping with joy. David Atkinson is a scientist at the University of Idaho. He has spent 18 years of his life designing an experiment for measuring the winds of Titan.

As he and his team were waiting for their wind measurements to arrive, they discovered that someone had forgotten the command to turn the instrument on.

“I think right now the key lesson is this – if you’re looking for a job with instant and guaranteed success, this isn’t it”, Atkinson wrote.

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