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Stardust

Yesterday NASA announced a profound discovery from one of its spacecraft: NASA scientists have discovered glycine, a fundamental building block of life, in samples of comet Wild 2 returned by the Stardust spacecraft.

From NASA.gov:
"Glycine is an amino acid used by living organisms to make proteins, and this is the first time an amino acid has been found in a comet," said Dr. Jamie Elsila of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "Our discovery supports the theory that some of life's ingredients formed in space and were delivered to Earth long ago by meteorite and comet impacts."

Basically, this all boils down to:

Life in the universe may be common rather than rare.

Wow. I would say that statement is nothing short of paradigm shifting, mind-blowing, re-write the history books profound.

Slightly shifting:
This whole talk of the Stardust spacecraft reminded me of that old saying "she has stardust in her eyes."

Maybe NASA has stardust in her eyes. It fits perfectly...I even googled it to make sure I had the correct understanding of the phrase. The definition of the phrase is: To be uncritically or unrealistically optimistic.

Yes, actually, that does sound like NASA to me. And I mean this in the most sincere of ways...putting people on rockets, calculating trajectories, keeping the public interested, inspiring the next generation...yes, the fact is NASA has to have stardust in her eyes. To accomplish all those tasks with success requires a certain amount of 'unreal optimism', as the phrase implies.

Lately, I've been thinking that I need a dose of that stardust stuff. I need to be unrealistically optimistic about finishing school, finding a job and just staying sane through the next few months. In the short term, maybe I need some stardust in my eyes to finally write the bellchoir song I've been wanting to, to get the courage to start an exercise routine, to attempt to be a better listener (I know, I talk a lotttt.....my mom can tell you...ps: side note, my mom told me today that she reads my blog every morning and I thought that was awesome...hi mom!).

So, while my life has been all about literally reaching for the stars, I guess I can settle for some stardust for now....and I hope NASA stays star-dusty as more profound discoveries are made!!

Now....what do you have stardust in your eyes about?

Comments

  1. That is an amazing discovery! I am sitting in a church parking lot mooching the internet. Ours died. I really like the stardust speech. Just reading it inspires me. I love you babe.

    >Chris

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