TED Talks: Luciana Walkowicz of NASA – Let’s not use Mars as a backup planet
Nothing inspires us like a good TED talk, and here’s one of our favorites. Enjoy it!
About the Speaker: Lucianne Walkowicz works on NASA's Kepler mission, searching for places in the universe that could support life.
About the Talk: Walkowicz spends her days looking for planets like our own, but as she does this challenging work, she us to think carefully about how we treat our own home world. In this short talk, she suggests that we stop dreaming of Mars as a place that we'll eventually move to when we've messed up Earth, and to start thinking of planetary exploration and preservation of the Earth as two sides of the same goal. As she says, "The more you look for planets like Earth, the more you appreciate our own planet."