Launcher Quote: “March 2nd 1998. Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter’s moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.”
Part of why geeks like me love Star Trek, I think, is because of the vast and potentially infinite possibilities of undiscovered space and planets – even those within our own Solar System. The potential for something new and different that could be life-changing, de-centralizing us even more from the notion that we are alone in the universe as one of its few intelligent beings. So when we see something true-to-life and real, like the discovery referred to by Kevin and Leonor in today’s game, it has a way of charming me much like watching people go boldly where no one has gone before on the TV screen.
The interesting thing about this was the perspective is not from the planet down to the surface, as you’d expect, but rather from under the discovered ocean and ice up through that surface. You don’t realize it at first, because of your natural propensity to want to approach something “space-like” from, well, space – but as you realize that you’re seeing blurry imagery of Jupiter and the sky because of where you are at, it dawns on you that what you’re being shown is a unique perspective not considered – that of the point of view of the discovery, rather than the discoverers.
Even though life on other planets hasn’t been seen, the fact that the perspective was shown like this plays back to the possibilities that could be. What if there is something there, but that we can’t really detect it with our conventional knowledge of science? What if that something was looking up at that planetary sky from beneath the ice? What if, like us, it was pondering the possibility of not being alone in intelligent thought? It’s the kind of possibility that teases at the corner of your rational mind, but which if it has any chance of being true, has a myriad of implications. Not bad for a liquid ocean discovery, I’d say.