The following in a excerpt from Pale Blue Dot written by Carl Sagan in 1994 and published by Random House. It is from the Chapter 17 'Routine Planetary Violence' on pages 242-243. Sagan is discussing the impact of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comets into the atmosphere of Jupiter in July 1994. "The appointed moment for the impact of the first piece, Fragment A, came and went. There were no reports from ground-based telescopes. Planetary scientists stared with increasing gloom at a television monitor displaying the data transmitted to he Space Telescope Institute in Baltimore from the Hubble Space Telescope. There was nothing anomalous. Shuttle astronauts too time off from the reproduction of fruit flies, fish and newts to look at Jupiter through binoculars. They reported seeing nothing. The impact of the millennium was beginning to look very much like a fizzle. Then there was a report from a ground-based optical telescope in La Palma in the Canary Islands, followed by announcements from a radiotelescope in Japan; from the European Southern Observatory in Chile; and from a University of Chicago instrument in the frigid wastelands of the South Pole. In Baltimore the young scientists crowding around the TV monitor -- themselves monitored by the cameras of CNN -- began to see something, and in exactly the right place on Jupiter. You could witness consternation turn into puzzlement, and then exultation. They cheered; they screamed; they jumped up and down. Smiles filled the room. They broke out champagne. Here was a group of young American scientists -- about a third of them, including the team leader, Heidi Hammel, women -- and you could imagine youngsters all over the word thinking that it might be fun to be a scientists, that this might be a good daytime job, or even a means to spiritual fulfillment." Please discuss, I'll contribute my perspective as needed, if that's quite alright.