Why two of our three topic areas are about exploring the cosmos and our solar system

Historian We should talk a bit about why two of our three topic areas are about exploring the cosmos and our solar system. I'll start by first reminding us that our wonders about what is far beyond us and our wanders to see what is beyond us are as old as humanity with the big questions still open. Second, there are no end of marvelous visuals and plenty of results which can be appreciated directly without special skills.

Physicist: Good topic, good points my historical friend. I'll add the point that as we get smarter and devise smarter tools and our findings get more reliable and sensitive we find more big questions — there is so much to learn. We get super examples of science at work: We observe and measure — we make math models to explain — the models predict results of new observations and measurements — new observations — revised models — repeat — repeat . . .

Historian Our work studying the cosmos and our solar system also gives us super examples of incredibly trustworthy science. Autonomous spacecraft Juno [link] did not get to Jupiter at the instant expected, right on the expected path, without mountains of trustworthy science.

Physicist: Juno did this because of teams of teams of persons with different points of view and different skills sets worked together embracing differences. It works. Try it.

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