As we await the hoped-for launch of Discovery this week through another delay ...
Thanks to my old buddy Kevin for reminding me—he was far more than a shuttlecraft namesake:
400 Years Ago Today, Galileo Invented Astronomy and Modern Science
A wonderful "down to earth" essay from Astronomy Today, short of any pretentiousness puffery:
Sound like a certain warp pioneer to you?
Seriously, take a read—and let's renew again the power of observational and empirical science over hearsay and myth. It's where Gene came from.