And about 250 years away from meeting up with the Enterprise: Voyager 1, the NASA probe launched 35 years ago on a mission to study Jupiter and Saturn, is nearing the edge of the solar system. The craft is a relic of the early Space Age. It has 100,000 times less computer memory than an iPod and uses an 8-track tape recorder to collect data.
NASA had hoped that Voyager might one day be found by extraterrestrials, but we doubt E.T. is going to have much interest in Voyager unless he’s lost his iPod and has an old Blood, Sweat and Tears 8-track he wants to listen to.
Natural insect control: Police in Vietnam have seized four baby tigers and more than 100 pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, that were being transported in a car.
The driver explained he had a bad ant problem. He needed the pangolins to eat the ants. And the tigers? They eat the pangolins.
And two bags of peanuts: Major U.S. airlines are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to upgarde their passenger cabins to make flying more comfortable and enjoyable, adding seats that recline into beds, Wi-Fi access, mood lighting and more legroom.
Of course that’s all for the folks in first class. Those of you in coach, grab an oar and try to keep pace with the drum.