The last century has seen some of the most dramatic scientific discoveries and accomplishments imaginable. Some of these discoveries were inspiring, like the moon landing, while others, like the harnessing of nuclear power, were (and are still) fraught with existential doom.
What potential discoveries are you looking forward to experiencing in your lifetime? Which are you afraid of?
Besides breakthroughs in climate change related technology (which is probably its own conversation), the future science I’m most excited about revolves around finding life in our solar system.
NASA is sending a probe to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, in 2023. It may be able to detect signs of life from the vast volcanic plumes of water the moon shoots into space. If it does, it’s likely NASA will send a yet more advanced mission there soon after. I sincerely hope to be around for these discoveries.
What about you?