"A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders." -Lord Dunzany

Thanks for all the birthday-wishes!

It’s been a nice day with lots of delightful birthday wishes. Thanks a lot!

I grew up in the Apollo era and was born just a few months after man first set foot on the lunar surface. Ever since my childhood days I have loved space exploration. I remember when I was 3-4 years old, running around in the garden at night with an empty bottle of Tabac aftershave that I got from my dad – held up against the starry night sky – imagining that it was this black and white Apollo spacecraft traveling to the moon!

Yesterday I was hoping for the Space Shuttle Discover, STS-131, to blast of on the second last Space Shuttle mission in history – but unfortunately there was a hydrogen gas-leak from the bleed off valve and the mission had to be scrubbed. Looking forward to the blast off!

Space Shuttle "Discovery" waiting on the launch pad.

Space Shuttle "Discovery" waiting on the launch pad. The launch yesterday had to be scrubbed due to a hydrogen bleed off valve leak.

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