Here's the final wrap-up for the Space Recruit, and a rundown of what happens next. Spoiler: I stay on Space, Jason G. is staying on Animals, but Jason K. is still in his Recruits trial period on Animation, so show him some love.
In May, you spent 11,575,989 minutes ogling astronomy and physics, learning about disasters and planetary science, and otherwise indulging in the eclectic topics of the Space site. My 90 days as a Recruit have been intense and fun, but are over. But I'm not leaving; I'm just changing job titles.
Here, check out Supernova 1006! At barely 7,000 light years away, we have historical accounts of the sudden appearance of a dying star. Read more about it here.
Thanks to your valued eyeballs and just-as-valued assistance, I'm not leaving! Space has proved itself loved, and I'll be sticking around to take care of it. Instead of pounding out three or four stories a day, every day, I'll be cutting back to a sustainable pace with fewer stories supplemented with more quicklinks. Best of all, I won't be nearly as click-hungry, earning my paycheque independently of the narrow focus of "US unique IP addresses associated with individual people" that has been the bane of my Recruit-existence.
Under my grasping paws, Space has expanded to cover just about everything in the physical science domain. To reflect that, we're considering a name change to Earth & Space (but keeping the same URL; wouldn't want to mess with our search engine karma or your feeds!). Thoughts?
I considered doing a final "In Case You Missed It" binge-post of the several hundred stories I covered as a Recruit, but I'm honestly scared of what Kinja would do with that many cross-heads. Instead, I'm just going to sit in stunned silence at the concept of eating over 11 million minutes of time, and that a quarter-million minutes is a slow day.
Top image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/G.Cassam-Chenaï, J.Hughes et al.; Radio: NRAO/AUI/NSF/GBT/VLA/Dyer, Maddalena & Cornwell; Optical: Middlebury College/F.Winkler, NOAO/AURA/NSF/CTIO Schmidt & DSS