Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Boldly going, after NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft became only the second man-made object (after sister craft Voyager 1) to enter interstellar space. The plutonium-powered Voyagers were both launched in 1977, “and are very healthy, if you consider them senior citizens,” said project manager Suzanne Dodd.
Restocking your yacht, after the launch in the waters off Dubai of the world’s first “sail-thru” supermarket, selling snacks, drinks, toiletries, and other items to yacht owners and jet-skiers.
Staying active, after a 102-year-old great-grandmother became the oldest person ever to skydive. “It was very clear up there,” said Irene O’Shea after making the 14,000-foot jump from the skies over Southern Australia. “But it was very cold.”
Bad week for:
Automation, after a robot at an Amazon fulfillment center this week accidentally punctured a can of bear repellent, unleashing a wave of eye- and lung-searing concentrated capsaicin that sent dozens of flesh-and-blood employees to the emergency room.
Goals, after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told an interviewer that she hopes to be remembered as someone who was “transparent and honest” with reporters.
Nervous fliers, after Delta Airlines announced a ban on passengers bringing emotional-support animals on flights longer than eight hours. Delta said it had experienced an 84 percent rise in unpleasant incidents involving support animals, “including urination/defecation, biting, and even a widely reported attack by a 70-pound dog.”