NASA’s live coverage of Venus’ solar transit was interrupted by an Australian roadworker.
The worker severed a fiber-optic cable, cutting NASA’s live video feed from one of the best vantage points in the world, Australia’s majestic Northern Territory.
Antipodes always played a significant role in space travel due to their specific geographic location, at least if Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff is to be believed. But, all it took to mess things up was one fumbling worker, reports Fox.
Local telco Telstra said it could not repair the cable until around 3:00pm local time Wednesday, but the transit occurred at 2:03pm.
The next Venus transit is expected in 2117, which is plenty of time to work out the kinks.