The Universe may be silent because planetary extinction is the rule rather than the exception.
The future doesn’t belong to the faint of heart. It belongs to the human drive to push forward, to explore our universe, and to slip the surly bonds of Earth.
When you go to a remote telescope site, one of the things you’ll notice here and there are small piles of stones. Folks put them up when the visit as a way to mark their presence. “I was here.” they seem to say. “I’ve left my mark.” It’s not just astronomers that do this. Hikers, tourists and wayward travelers often make …
There are those who believe scientific reductionism may give us knowledge, but it destroys meaning. But that isn’t what science does at all.
We live on a shore of diamonds, and surrounded by such a wealth of beauty, we struggle to recognize the sublime rarity of each and every one of us.
NASA has an Office of Planetary Protection. Its purpose is not to protect Earth from invasion by some green skinned monsters, but rather to protect the rest of the Universe from us.
What’s striking about these images is how they have the feel of old vacation photographs. The kind you might find in your parent’s shoebox, or you might remember from your own trips.
A week-long road trip is bad enough, but imagine taking a trip for 18 months.
It is a feeling both wondrous and terrifying. A realization that you are clinging to a rock in motion through the cosmos, and the feeling that the pull of the world might not be enough to hold you.