“Science is Awesome”
Young Beth Miller runs to the top of the hill and gazes up to the heavens… it’s the perfect moment, just as the sun has disappeared over the horizon, leaving the exact right amount of light to see the giant space station orbiting the moon with the naked eye.
The basic elements of life ooze and spread across the moon’s surface, as the top scientists of the day work from the space station on The Massive Terraformation Project— terraforming the entire moon, making it fit to grow and support life.
Right now it’s just a swirling sea of microbes, bacteria, water, volatile gasses, and more… all mixing together on the largest petri dish since Earth itself. Slowly, but steadily, the once completely dead hunk of rock is being born anew as an atmosphere begins to develop and the most primitive forms of life take shape.
Soon, the moon will be a veritable paradise of natural resources for humankind to mine and harvest, hopefully helping solve our ever-worsening energy problems.
Beth wonders about what affect this all will have on the moon’s gravitational pull and it’s relationship with Earth’s orbit… she wonders about the possible moral or ethical concerns that might be raised by being able to create life out of basically nothing… and she wonders what unpredicted consequences could come from this project— what new and fantastical species will evolve on the moon? She just doesn’t know the answers to these questions, and she’s not sure if anyone does.
All she does know, as she watches one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in human history take place before her eyes, is that science is awesome.
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