The European Space Agency launched an Ariane 5 rocket yesterday from Kourou in French Guiana. I got to thinking about winter in Kourou--the Winter Solstice was this morning (04:04 PST). The spaceport is only five degrees north of the equator, so I doubt they give much of a damn about the solstice. At home we are in the throes of winter with snow on the ground and freezing temperatures. I'm not sure I could live in an equatorial climate. I like the changing days and the travelling sun. Tonight is the longest night of the year. We can look forward to lengthening days from here on. I'm looking forward to putting on my skis. Another thing they don't give a damn about in Kourou.
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