Earth May Become “Dead” States NASA Investigator

Earth May Become

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Earth may become a “dead world,” stated William Borucki, recently retired principle investigator of NASA’s Kepler Mission, an unmanned spacecraft that has been surveying a portion of the Milky Way for habitable planets since March of 2009, according to an interview with the Huffington Post.

 “Unless we have the wisdom and technology to protect our biosphere, it could become like many dead worlds,” stated  Borucki, 76, who retired in July.  This mission discovered more than 1,000 confirmed planets and has led many to think about what, if any at all, life is out there, according to  vovnews.

This made Borucki reconsider life on Earth and the fate of our climate.

Borucki, who started his career at NASA working on the Apollo mission in 1962, was awarded the Shaw Prize for Astronomy, and now he is giving $100,000 of it to help researchers with climate change. Borucki was wondering why haven’t we heard from “…Higher intelligence capable of communication.”

Borucki is worried that many people in society do not, “… fully understand what we’re doing and the complexities of the system, changing it in such a drastic fashion.” He explains that,“ Climate change causes the oceans to change. Climate change causes temperature to change. All these things dramatically affect the biosphere,” according to the Huffington Post interview.

Borucki’s  earlier scientific research helped to improve the understanding of the ozone layer, which in turn  helped to motivate world leaders to take action to reverse this trend, according to vovnews.

“When it comes to climate change our leaders have been slower to address” the issues. But, Borucki explains that changes must be made, according to his interview.

Yet he does state, “Once mankind understands the threat, I think they will get together ultimately and conquer that threat,” remaining optimistic he continues, “But they have to recognize it and really be dedicated to accomplishing the task, because the tasks are just enormous,” he stated in his interview with Huffington Post.