I have always loved space. I love the science behind space exploration, and the pioneering souls who take on such boundless adventures thrill me. Last weekend I went to the Kennedy Space Center for the first time. I walked around wide-eyed and enchanted by everything I read and saw.
What I love most about space and what fills me with the most dread are one and the same: its immense and unceasing span. Space stretches on in grandeur for light years. It is endless.
NASA finds purpose and determination in this endlessness. We know that the Milky Way is a little blip of a galaxy among many others; we know that within the Milky Way, the Sun is one little blip of an average-sized star; and we know that Earth is a little blip of a planet in the average-sized star’s solar system. Since the Hubble Telescope launched into a low-Earth orbit in 1990, we have seen things we never imagined and learned things we never thought to know. Hubble data have given insight to astronomers, astrophysicists and engineers alike. But we want to see and know more. Continue reading