January 17, 2005
Friday night's TV coverage of Huygens was a real disappointment, partly because there was, at the time, really much nothing to add to the initial images, but mostly because it was presented by Adam Hart-Davis. I mean, I'm sure that he's a nice bloke really, but he makes me want to pluck my eyeballs out and stuff them into my ears.
Frankly, even today the pictures aren't much to look at. Massively significant and informative scientifically speaking, I'm sure, but if you mixed them up with a bunch of Mars pictures, I'd be hard pressed to tell which was which.
The audio wasn't any more exciting. I suspect that it'll be a while before the good stuff starts to come out, when the scientists have had a chance to do some interpretation.
Update: I take it all back - these are lovley.
Posted to Science and technology by Simon Brunning at January 17, 2005 01:43 PM
I felt the same.
I'll take a while to get to the exciting stuff (if there is any that is).
Oh, I bet there will be. Well, *interesting*, at any rate.
Ooh, I dunno. I saw three pictures on the evening news and I thought the one of the ground with boulders and whatnot was fabulous. Sure, it didn't look so much different from the ones of Mars, but it was of TITAN, which is, like, miles and miles and MILES away.
This was an ESA mission, so it was, like, kilometers and kilometers and KILOMETERS away.
Unfortunately apart from the knowledge that it IS Titan they really are just boring images. As much as an anticlimax as to find a time machine only to be dumped at some dreary point in history which you can gaze at for ages from one point of view in which nothing ever happens. You never know though, just out of shot there could be an alien disco or something.
I quite like Adam Hart-Davis, anyone that brings science and technology onto our screens is OK by me.