We humans are endowed with more than simple curiosity. We have a burning desire to know true wonder and awe and then to understand. From earliest humankind wondering where the sun and moon went for long periods to rovers crossing Mars, we’ve sought to understand our universe and unlock some of its mysteries. That same universe humbles me each day, sometimes in small ways and other times profoundly.
Having grown-up on Apollo, space and its possibilities has long fascinated me and knowledge alone is reason enough to explore. Though no other worlds in our solar system will sustain human life without aid, what we learn expands possibilities and may teach us how to save this planet.
Currently, the Dawn spacecraft is circling the dwarf planet Ceres in the asteroid belt where shining white spots continue to fascinate and baffle. On June 30th Dawn initiated a slow descent towards a closer orbit that will help provide more answers. Is it ice despite the relatively close proximity to the sun? Salt? Both? Something else? Dawn will reach that closer orbit in August…
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