Seasoned reporters were groping for words. And almost giddy about what they were seeing.
The former commander of the International Space Station - moved beyond his scientific detachment - testified to a sense of "ancient wonder."
The eyes of a nation were turned skyward this week. In their special eclipse glasses. As God did - as He has done for millennia - His disappearing act with the sun again. A total solar eclipse eclipsed even the usual newsnami from Washington.