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Emily LakdawallaFebruary 4, 2013

We didn't start the science

Oh this is fun. Andy Rivkin is an asteroid astronomer, an officer in the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, and troubadour. That's all the introduction you need to this video.

Nice job, Andy! Here's his own blog post about the song. If you enjoyed this, you may enjoy his other work including the "LPSC blues."

Here are the lyrics to "We Didn't Start the Science"...

armstrong aldrin alan bean and apollo 17
taurus-littrow hadley rille  megaregolith
magma ocean ree giant impact theory
kreep tio2 kubrik's monolith

venus swingby mariner 10 caloris basin
chryse plains viking 2 and the sky on mars is blue
utopia and big joe carbon dioxide snow
jim pollack dry valleys ansmet que

we didn't start the science--we've always been learning since the world's been turning
we didn't start the science, if it weren't for newton we'd all be out looting

carl sagan cosmos mission lost at phobos
bow shock bart bok velikovsky
magellan sar side looking radar
aphrodite terra high emissivity
io sulfur volcanoes europa grooves callisto
ring spokes shepherd moons giant storms on neptune
halley vega giotto craf iue eso
pluto mutual events near earth asteroid defense


we didn't start the science--we've always been learning since the world's been turning
we didn't start the science, kepler's equation amazed all the nations

small comet grl lafos apl
arecibo and seti nicmos 55 cancri
sl9 string of pearls hga will not unfurl
posters still at lpi jovian atmosphere's too dry...

stable polar barchan dunes ida has a tiny moon
ulysses studies the sun pioneer 11
hyakutake hale bopp iras araki alcock
spacewatch linear armegeddon impact fear


we didn't start the science--we've always been learning since the world's been turning
we didn't start the science, galileo did it, the pope won't admit it

clementine dod geographos not to be
lpsc chili bash lunar observer crash
sample return aerobot venus is so freaking hot
window through all titan's haze hst is all the rage
chixculub h2so3 iridium kt boundary
martian bugs alha what else do i have to say?


we didn't start the science--we've always been learning since the world's been turning
we didn't start the science, there was gerard kuiper when we were in diapers

deep space 1 cassini exobiology
mountains found in io metric stuff on mco
superrotating atmosphere mathilde visited by near
europa subsurface ocean leonids back again
yogi airbags monster pan versailles for the acm
jgr ads moc mola and tes
mars observer blown to shards iss still in the cards
nasa's budget a tough sell better faster cheaper hell!


we didn't start the science--we've always been learning since the world's been turning
we didn't start the science, and we'd like to do some though it may be gruesome...

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