Venus – she’s got it

Emily Lakdawalla is the official blogger for the Planetary Society, and good at that. But today she went beyond reporting the mere facts, and, part of her coverage of the successful orbit insertion of the ESA Venus Express mission, takes a literary peek at the psychology of ground control:

The other project managers I’ve worked with in the past, like Jim Erickson and Mark Adler on the Mars Exploration Rover mission and Bob Mitchell on Cassini: they always seem very, very even-tempered, tending toward only the most subdued excitement about their missions, whether the events around them are wonderful or awful. (“I’ve seen everything, and I just can’t get excited about it anymore,” Erickson told me once.)

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