Patience, Passion, Persistence, PROGRESS

"Even though it is not always easy… being a planetary scientist is one of the coolest jobs on the planet!" — Elizabeth (Zibi) Turtle

Imagine exploring Titan! And to be clear, I am not referring to the planet Titan of Thanos (Avengers), I am referring to a glorious moon of the planet Saturn.

This moon is unique in our solar system. Titan is the only satellite with a dense atmosphere. It is more dense than Earth's! Coupled with a gravity much lighter than Earth's, we humans could actually fly unaided. Imagine that! Now of course, breathing would be a bit of a problem.

I learned this and many other things as I listened intently to the lecture at Cornell last week about Exploring Titan. #ExploreTitan.

I am excited by this, but the main thing that struck me was the extraordinary long range planning and patience the speaker provided.

She and others are working on the DragonFly mission. The plan is to land on Titan around the year 2035.

This takes patience.

Elizabeth Turtle is excited that Titan is a prime candidate in our solar system for finding life beyond our planet.

She exuded passion.

In the Question and Answer session, she dealt with many questions about the numerous risks of space travel. It is an amazingly complex adventure.

This calls for persistence.

Imagine what we can learn about this complex world. Imagine what it implies to find life.

This learning is progress.

May we all have the opportunity to create compelling ideas and contribute to causes that do good in the world.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,
ALAN WILLETT