By the time they churned through their tenth plate it's easy to imagine that the survivors began to envy the dead, but the last-minute power-up revitalized the French army enough to march on Reims and end the Hundred Years War.
Jules Eugène Lenepveu
And then some other stuff happened.
The Voyager Missions Were Only Possible Because The Planets Literally Aligned
A few years after we landed human beings on the moon, NASA launched the Voyager missions -- two unmanned spacecraft that did a photographic tour of every planet in our solar system before zipping off into the far reaches of space. But the Voyager missions were only possible in a very narrow window of opportunity. At any other point in history, you'd have to launch eight different probes to visit all the planets separately. It just so happened that, in the precise decade that the human species was becoming interested in exploring space, the solar system was coming into a once-in-175-years planetary alignment, which enabled us to hit them all in one relatively straight shot, like billiard balls on a pool table.
Except for Pluto, because fuck Pluto.
How It Changed The World:
If the alignment had happened 10 years earlier, we wouldn't have been technologically prepared to launch the probes. If it happened 10 years later, we might not have had the interest, or more importantly, the budget, to exploit the opportunity. But we did, and in 1990, Voyager 1 was able to take the famous "Pale Blue Dot" photograph. A photo with Earth occupying one single pixel in the vast expanse of space.
You are here.
We use the phrase "the planets aligned" metaphorically, to talk about luck so astounding it seems like destiny. In this case, they literally did align to make all of this possible.
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