How Exploring Space Led to a Top NASA Scientist to Worry About Climate Change

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William Borucki, 76 retired in July as the principal 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. This mission discovered more than 1,000 confirmed planets and many to think about what, if any at all, life is out there, which several sources state this information including Huffington Post and vavnews.

This made Borucki reconsider life on Earth and the fate of our climate. “ Earth is a very special place,” he explained in an interview with the Huffington Post. “Unless we have the wisdom and technology to protect our biosphere, it could become like many dead worlds,” he continued explaining

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…” he explained to vannews

Borucki is worried since, “… To see people — to see ourselves — who really don’t 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,” ooyuz quoted from the Huffington Post.

His earlier research helped to improve the understanding of the ozone layer with scientific research helped motivate world leaders to take action to reverse this trend. When it comes to climate change our leaders have been slower to address, Borucki explains that changes must be made, reported vannews.

Yet he does say, “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,” Huffington Post explains.