ENCORE Earth may be the cradle of life, but our bodies are filled with materials cooked up billions of years ago in the scorching centers of stars. As Carl Sagan said, “We are all stardust.” We came from space, and some say it is to space we will return.
Discover an astronomer’s quest to track down remains of these ancient chemical kitchens. Plus, a scientist who says that it’s in our DNA to explore – and not just the nearby worlds of the solar system, but perhaps far beyond.
But would be still be human when we arrive? Hear what biological and cultural changes we might undergo in a multi-generational interstellar voyage.
• Timothy Beers – Astronomer, University of Notre Dame
• Cameron Smith – Archaeologist, Portland State University