When I Meet God

'A perfect mirror'
The perfect mirror is a reference to the Hubble Telescope.

"Hubble orbits 600 Kilometres (375) above Earth, working around the clock to unlock the secrets of the Universe. It uses excellent pointing precision, powerful optics, and state-of-the-art instruments to provide stunning views of the Universe that cannot be made using ground-based telescopes or other satellites.

"Hubble was originally designed in the 1970s and launched in 1990. Thanks to on-orbit service calls by the Space Shuttle astronauts, Hubble continues to be a state-of-the-art, model year 2001 space telescope.

"Hubble is the first scientific mission of any kind that is specifically designed for routine servicing by spacewalking astronauts. It has a visionary, modular design which allows the astronauts to take it apart, replace worn out equipment and upgrade instruments. These periodic service calls make sure that Hubble produces first-class science using cutting-edge technology. See technology highlights. Each time a science instrument in Hubble is replaced, it increases Hubble scientific power by a factor of 10 or greater!"

More detail can be found at: http://hubble.nasa.gov/.

The samples
The quotes at the end of the song touch upon a number of devastating events. They include the murder of 11 year old Sarah Payne, abducted and murdered just a few yards from where her siblings played, ten year-old Damilola Taylor, thought to have been murdered by children from his own school on a London housing estate (sub judice at the time of updating the site), the crash of Concorde in France, an explosion/fire in Volendam in the Netherlands and a bomb on a bus in the Middle East.

Many thanks to Rich Harding, Simon Clarke and John Devereaux for those.

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