Just an atheist in Seattle; just an applied astrophysicist working at the University of Washington. Got two boys aged 24 and 17. Love science, nature, rationality, and trying to make those dayam young earth creationists see some logic (like that will ever happen). Divorced 6 years ago and kept my boys. Fighting cancer for 5 years; up and down on that one. Jobs I have had in order - Cook at the space needle restaurant, CNA at a dual disabled State facility, CNC machinist, mechanical drafter using AutoCAD, plastics design for Boeing, undergraduate astronomy at the University of Washington; and where I am now that I have my PHD as an applied astrophysicist looking for extrasolar planets using the transit and optical alignment protocols. May everyone enjoy this life because it's all we got.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
― Carl Sagan
Greets and salutes, Jason. We're glad you joined us!
There should be life elsewhere in the universe wherever there are planets similar to Earth. If our species survives for a long time we might eventually discover it using telescopes on space vehicles. I think manned space flight is limited to space stations orbiting the Earth and the moon. Mars is too far away and it's like a desert anyway. We emanate from the earth and can't seriously colonise the moon or Mars in my opinion.
Hi, Jason. Welcome!