Posted at 2:05 PM on March 30, 2011
by Bill Morelock
Filed under: The Short Version
We do take to heart, dear reader/listener, Mr. Mencken's assertion that for every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. The complexity at hand being Robert Schumann's personality--a very complex thing indeed. But this is The Short Version, where time is a tiny tyrant. Allowances must be made, corners must be cut, though great sighs may be sighed. The simple, the neat, the wrong of it, therefore, reside within.
I don't know if you've followed the Messenger mission, but it's the first spacecraft dedicated to orbiting Mercury - our innermost planet. It was launched in 2004, and just a week ago made it into orbit.
The first pictures arrived yesterday, and I was fascinated by the choice of Messenger's first photographic return: "Debussy and Its Hundreds of Miles of Rays." "Debussy," in this case is a crater, with prominent rays that extend hundreds of kilometers out.