They're On The Launch Pad -- Start Counting Down

The following newspaper article appeared in Florida Today on November 20, 1996, when I still worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory:

Activists Vow to Stop 1997 Cassini Launch
By Todd Halvorson

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Anti-nuclear activists pledged Tuesday to wade across alligator-infested swamps and parachute onto a launch pad to stop the planned launch next year of a NASA plutonium-powered spacecraft....

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Very shortly thereafter, the following "advertisement" circulated throughout NASA's e-mail system:

WANTED TO BUY: 10,000 alligators. No reasonable offer refused. Transportation costs negotiable.

Naturally, the "activists" failed, Cassini launched on October 15, 1997, and is still returning amazing science data. For a great review of the mission, see the mission's Wikipedia page.

Posted September 24, 2014

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