... as the ship approaches its solar rendezvous, a kind of elemental, alien hostility begins to emerge – not from within the crew members, but from within the Sun itself. Far from being a beneficent source of light in the sky, generously tanning the bodies of we Earthlings below, the Sun is revealed as a monstrous and abiological source of mutative radiation, inhumanly immense, so bright you can't see it, disintegrating nearly everything that comes near.
The SDO science team involves solar scientists in institutions across the US, Europe, and Asia. SDO science level data is distributed to these teams at a typical continuous rate of 30-40 megabytes/sec. The talk will describe the top level goals of the mission, some recent results, and a very brief overview of the data distribution system.
I now consider the sun my sworn enemy, and have dedicated the remainder of my life to destroying it!
Smithers: Well, Sir, you've certainly vanquished all your enemies: the
elementary school, the local tavern, the old age home...you
must be very proud.
Burns: [stuffing money into his wallet] No, not while my greatest
nemesis still provides our customers with free light, heat and
energy. I call this enemy...the sun.
[throws a switch; a control panel appears at his desk]
[another button slides the floor off a model of Springfield]
Since the beginning of time man has yearned to destroy the
sun. I will do the next best thing...block it out!
[another button raises a shield over the model town]
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