Many Iranians were pleasantly surprised the other day to find that for the first time in years they had direct access to Facebook and Twitter. But then the government restored the ban on those services, saying a technical glitch had accidentally allowed the access. What a pathetic commentary on how a ruling regime regards free expression by its people.
It has taken 36 years, but the Voyager 1 spacecraft has traveled some 12 billion miles beyond the sun, becoming the first man-made object to travel into interstellar space. That also means the little NASA craft launched in 1977 has now gone farther than anyone or anything in history. A remarkable accomplishment.