In 1962, President Kennedy looked on a crowd of thousands and proclaimed, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Not only did this speech characterize American resilience and strength in the face of the Cold War, it also encapsulated our desire to find meaning in the universe. With so many unanswered questions about the future, exploration of space would help give us a sense of where we’ve come from and maybe even an idea of where we’re going. Curiosity blossomed into entertainment and from this, modern science fiction was born.
Fast forward to today, and once again the world finds itself uncertain of our next steps—so perhaps it’s not surprising that space seems to be creeping back into the spotlight of film as more and more of us turn our attention skyward. Space-themed movies seem to be the hottest genre in the business lately, with films like Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Life, Alien Covenant, Transformers the Last Knight, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi all slated for release in 2017.
For today’s Sound of the Week blog, we picked an audio track that encompassed this same theme. While you listen to it, image you are floating in space, exploring new worlds, and seeing our universe in the grandest of fashions. As Carl Sagan once said, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” In short, we’re all stardust.
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