This morning I listened to NASA’s broadcast during the last hour of the Cassini probe. I wanted to cry. It will be a while before we visit the ringed giant.
There is the possibility of life on two of Saturn’s moons, Titan and Enceladus. If they do find life there, it will be different than what we find on Earth.
Which brings up a question I have. If life is found on other worlds, will human be more accepting of it than we are of each other? When will humans realize we’re all made of “Star Stuff,” and so we are all the same as anything else in the universe, yet different at the same time. When we can’t tolerate differences in skin color or religion, how will we accept a different life form?
And then there is the wait to find out. If I understand what I read correctly (I’m not an astronomer,) we don’t have current missions flying to Saturn’s moons. NASA is in the planning stages of sending another probe, but they haven’t determined what it will be. If I’m wrong, please let me know.
As Ellie’s father tells her in the movie, Contact, “Small steps.” Earth is still in the toddler stages of space exploration. I wish we would pick up the momentum we had in the 1960s.
There are so many amazing things in the universe and I want to learn and explore them all. Travel the solar system, visit the Orion Nebula, observe a black hole from a healthy distance.
But for now, all I can do is imagine. Imagine and marvel at creation.
I hope you do too.