• The hunt for exoplanets embodies all that is wondrous about the human endeavor—our innovation, our spirit, our thirst to know how we came to be, how we fit in, and what our cosmic destiny might hold. But there’s a whiff of the desperate about it, too. We seem just a little too eager to escape our history and envisage our species out among the stars, with a red sun rising above icy peaks or river-carved canyons. As if our one planet were not enough and its man-made troubles too much for our ingenuity. But we’re looking for salvation in exactly the wrong place. The cosmos is a hall of mirrors. There is no future out there, only an ancient and unfathomable past, its horizon receding ever faster.

    tags: exoplanet astronomy discovery space spaceflight physics Centauri life astrobiology

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