Rather than let the Hubble fall in flames over Australia, they strapped it to a booster and shot it out of the solar system, a territory explored only by Voyager.
Twelve years later, it pointed into a part of the universe discovered by its successor – a dark patch dubbed The Place Where The Lord Hides – and began to send data.
“Will we finally see the face of God?” they joked.
But the images ultimately raised more questions than they answered. They were of a paint splatter on a fence, a stain on a cathedral wall, a burnt piece of toast…
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Listening: Stan Ridgway, Can’t Stop the Show (The Big Heat)