this is such a great listen for so many reasons. one, the entire Perseverance mission is such a trip. science, space, all these things are wonderful.
but really, just listen to the scientists. the chief engineer’s voice creaks with hope and passion at what lies within the possibility of all scientific discovery in talking about just what might be found in the dust.
it’s not that there isn’t, or can’t be, good news in the world, it’s that good news is usually reserved for advertising. (really: advertising is news, it’s news about a product. to balance all of the good news about products, journalism often skews negative; after all, government must be the problem, not consumerism.) focusing on wall street, and not science, is a choice that someone in media makes.
but i digress.
it’s absolutely wonderful to hear stories and exclamations like this, especially now, when honestly i would be just fine if they sent me to mars to look for life. it’s so close, a world where we would turn on the news and hear people talking with wonder and joy about signs of life from another star system. when the fuck was the last time a diplomat sounded like they cared about anything