Thanks for the great meeting everyone! I'm really glad we are doing this again!
Chapter 5 was great reminder that we are changing the face of the earth and our atmosphere. How would this look to an Alien observer? Carl says it best on pg 65/66, "From your orbital perspective, you can see that something has unmistakably gone wrong. The dominant organisms, whoever they are - who have done to so much trouble to rework the surface - are simultaneously destroying their ozone layer and their forests, eroding their topsoil , and performing massive, uncontrolled experiments on their planet's climate. Haven't they noticed what's happening? Are they oblivious to their fate? Are they unable to work together on behalf of the environment that sustains them all?"
In chapter 6, I loved learning about all the trials and tribulations behind the Voyager missions, especially Voyager 2! Woooah!
See you guys next week!
Agreed. I've read this book several times, but it's great to have a chance to share my thoughts on the reading and to hear new ideas about it that I never thought much about before.
With regard to the Russian balloon missions to Mars that never happened, here's a really great article with some history about it all: