Archive for June, 2009

Farewell Ulysses!

6842 days (18 years, 8 months, 24 days) after launch, the amazing Ulysses mission will finally come to end today. Follow, live, the final day of operations. Starting at 15:20 UTC. Farewell Ulysses!


“The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads you and I are old;
Old age had yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.”

Excert from Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson