I went for a walk this morning and listened to a “new to me” podcast from On Being. The subject matter was on planet hunting, seeking planets outside our solar system that might hold the potential for life.
“A mission scientist with NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, Natalie Batalha hunts for exoplanets — Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that might harbor life. She speaks about unexpected connections between things like love and dark energy, science and gratitude, and how “exploring the heavens” brings the beauty of the cosmos and the exuberance of scientific discovery closer to us all.”
It was fascinating but it was also so very moving. I love science fiction for exactly this reason: because we want to know more, because we sense that there is something ordered and amazing going on in us at the molecular level but also out there on a vast scale.
I find this particular kind of science extremely hopeful. I have hope at least, that the more we know about how we are all part of something grand, the more we’ll find ways to protect the micro and the macro.
Take a listen and enjoy. It’s a wonderful way to spend an hour.