Regardless, lines are important to us. We spend too much time standing in line. Sometimes I step out of line. We draw lines in the sand that we dare not cross. "Dress that line, Mister" said Niedermeyer to his ROTC cadets in the movie Animal House. We've all signed on the dotted line, confirming our commitment to one agreement or another. Some people line dance. We have arbitrary political lines for boundaries of countries, states, cities and even parts of town that one should avoid at night.
Perhaps I'm making too much of this milestone. Really, the only thing we'll notice is that our GPS coordinates will no longer have the N - for North - suffix as it will be replaced with an S. However, if you listen closely in the late afternoon and off in the distance you can faintly hear cheering and hollering, that may well be the crew of Rutea celebrating.
At 4/5/2011 5:16 PM (utc) Rutea's position was 00°32.91'N 130°38.89'W
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