Columbus Day is a good day to remember why we are crashing billion-dollar spacecraft into planets rather than leaving them to crash on possibly life-harboring worlds.
Tardigrades are micro-animals that have survived at least five mass extinctions. They are found everywhere on Earth. Tardigrades can survive below the background temperature of the universe, above the boiling point of water, the pressure at the bottom of the ocean, and radiation that would kill us hundreds of times over. They can survive without food and water for thirty years, and have traveled on the outside of spacecraft and returned to Earth alive. Tardigrades eat, among other things, algae, which has also survived unprotected space flight.
The early universe may have been warm enough that planets didn't even need to orbit stars to have liquid water. Life certainly had everything it needed eons before the Earth was formed. Geneticists have speculated that life may have needed 10 billion years to evolve to its current state on Earth, which means it would have come here from elsewhere.
I'll be invading Denmark next week, bringing infectious music and ruthless desire for gourmet licorice. I'm only playing a few shows. Mostly, I'm recording an album with The Sentimentals and a seven-piece chamber orchestra called the Danish Chamber Players. Thanks so much to The Sentimentals for finding the orchestra and the funding, and thanks also to Guldborgsund, DPA, and Koda for their financial support
In all my reading about physics, it has not escaped me that the field of quantum mechanics was born in Denmark, which is how we know today that the entire universe is made of tiny building blocks called Legos™.
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Happy Indigineous Organisms Day