What sparked my passion for space is a combination of things – a robustly clear and starry night, the Milky Way almost blindingly bright; the short-story collection "The Other Side of the Sky" by Arthur C. Clarke; the fascinating 1956 movie “Forbidden Planet,” which is still one of the few sc-fi films that makes us really ask and really wonder about deep time, deep space, deep evolution and deep issues on the path of civilizations with and without instrumentalities. We should be allowed to wonder about the all of it -- of outer space -- as often as we like. That’s what the science of our space program helps us all do: to wonder passionately about our place.
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