For those who are fans of SF (and by that I mean speculative fiction, not just SciFi), this is going to sound like a speed. It is…and then again, it isn’t. The Galaxy Zoo offered a challenge the middle of last week: Try to reach a goal of 1 million clicks in 100 hours as part of the 100 hours of astronomy. They put a nifty counter on the homepage and everything, but it under-reported the number of classifications. The final total was 2,617,570 classifications in 100 hours. Hence the title of this post. It’s just another example of the extreme popularity of citizen science. Many people will go out of their way to feel like they’re really, honestly contributing in a meaningful way to better understanding the universe we live in.
On a related note, I’m close enough to one of the top 10 Zooite locations to feel like I’ve been mentioned specifically, which is cool. Since I went to KSC last weekend, I feel as though I can assure Chris that NASA is keeping on with the business of building and launching space craft. While I’m disappointed that they’ve gone back to a rocket delivery system rather than a new orbiter like what we’re currently using, I’m pretty jazzed by the plans for the Constellation program and Orion. I hear they’re planning test launches of the Aries rockets next year and I, for one, will be right there watching them happen.