I can’t stop thinking about Mars. After last night’s Curiosity landing, it’s incredible to me that scientists are able to make things like this happen. I mean, they just landed a robot, on Mars, with a freaking parachute. I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that we’ve been able to get multiple rovers to another planet. I know they’re just robots, but I get a little sad thinking about them all alone up there. Space is lonely.
It just makes day to day life seem so mundane.
This quote from Discover Magazine helps solidify how special this all is, and how amazing science can be in uniting people around the world:
“The news these days is filled with polarization, with hate, with fear, with ignorance. But while these feelings are a part of us, and always will be, they neither dominate nor define us. Not if we don’t let them. When we reach, when we explore, when we’re curious–that’s when we’re at our best. We can learn about the world around us, the Universe around us. It doesn’t divide us, or separate us, or create artificial and wholly made-up barriers between us. As we saw on Twitter, at New York Times Square where hundreds of people watched the landing live, and all over the world: science and exploration bind us together. Science makes the world a better place, and it makes us better people. It’s what we can do, and what we must do.”