The Ulysses spacecraft, launched in 1990 and now in a polar orbit around the sun at a distance of roughly 240 million miles, is http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=7424"!(?) How does he know that? I'm gonna give him a call this afternoon.... Anyone notice an increase in shot noise in their earth-based detectors? Will the increased cosmic rays induce more clouds to form and could that be responsible for the recent cooling off of the earth's atmosphere?