OFJ Field Journal from Jim Erickson - 12/7/95
I'M ECSTATICI'm ecstatic. The day has been perfect. After 16 years of work, this is the crowning glory. We now have a permanent satellite of Jupiter, sent by Mankind to study the giant planet. I almost cried as the insertion burn terminated perfectly. I am profoundly grateful that I had the chance to help achieve this.
We have a little bit of cleanup work (all expected) to do before we go home, so this has to be short. More journals will be forthcoming later, but now I think I want to savor this moment briefly, and then begin thinking about the beginning of a new challenge. The new challenge is to keep our satellite busy for two years, bringing forth new discoveries.