Good question, Ben. 😁 As a former geophysicist, I have to admit I think there is an underlying fun factor that draws people to the field. You can blow things up in the name of science! Launch rockets! That's what I told my parents I was doing in the backyard as a kid. I blew a lot of things up and launched so many rockets. Science was awesome. 💥
Here's what the Japanese scientists did on earth to test their cannonball shooter:
👆 What a way to make a living!
Seriously though, when looking at craters on the moon and asteroids, it makes you wonder what made them, how big were the objects, how fast were they going, how dense were they, could some form of life have survived the impact? When the asteroid gets hit, how much rock beneath the surface ends up on top now, and is it different because it hasn't been exposed to so much sun and temperature variations for so long?
Sometimes I think science is just curiosity. Do you wonder when you see images of all those craters on the moon, what's the story? What part of the universe did all those objects come from and how did that govern their speed, size and weight? If you knew more info about how craters form, could you tell from the craters where things came from?
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