Sunday, July 04, 2004

Looking, Living, Wondering

Tom stays up late to catch the latest downlinks from Cassini, and is rewarded with a pic of Saturn's tiny shepherd moon Pan (see below).

Makes me think of the episode in in Kenneth Grahame's childhood classic The Wind in the Willows in which Mole stays out late on the river and has a epiphanic encounter with the pipe-playing demigod himself. Goat-footed, horned. Bearded mouth, muscled arms, shaggy limbs. And of course the pan-pipes, with their mysterious, seductive music.

"All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered."