I was lucky enough to go on a personal tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory this week.
It’s sort of a weird future utopia. I learned about amazing things like E-beam lithography, an application of the process Senefelder could not have been capable of dreaming of, and how the helium ions from the sun do not match the helium ions from our own planet. At the same time, there are animals all over the JPL campus. We saw a doe when we were parking, a red tailed hawk watched us above the sidewalk, and a two point buck was hanging out on the lawn, completely indifferent to the engineers. The satellite Galileo has a little vest pocket that held a flag, like a handkerchief.