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“Hello Commander Hadfield, for the past year and a half my 5-year-old son goes to bed worried, sometimes in tears. He is worried about the Voyager Interstellar spacecraft, the fact that it is out there all by itself. He wants it to come home to be safe. What do we tell him?”
“And the amazing thing — amazing to me, anyway — is that what we’d spent 2,000 years drawing in our heads was actually there. We’d gotten it pretty much right!”
“We are much, much closer to an answer than we have ever been in the history of the human species; we are on the cusp of knowing.”
(Are you checking NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day on the regular? Don’t forget.)
“Mars rises in the east at sunset, and soars almost overhead at midnight, shining burnt-orange almost 10 times brighter than a 1st magnitude star.”
“You can learn a lot from streetlights…These days, city planners are moving to sodium vapor, which glows slightly orange, so from outer space the colors tell you which part of town is new, and which old.”
That’s right, astronauts go through customs.