It took off this morning at 9:23; if all goes well it should be approaching Raleigh, North Carolina, imminently. So moved am I by its majesty that I decided to take its advice and google Ron Paul, only to discover he’s a Bircheresque crank. No matter; this is about the moment, not the man. Flickr photos of the liftoff are already online but you’re well advised to open a new tab and pull out the blimp homepage itself, where video is streaming intermittently. That’s where this screencap comes from. If you think grainy footage of a blimp hovering in a gray sky is exciting, then son, you are really missing out.

No Star Wars music, alas, which was a major mistake. Click the image to join the rEVOLution.

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