The “frozen, darkened soul” rises into space travels in siberia and the plight of life on earth

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Abstract

Starting in 2006, the author joined and then led field expeditions to central Siberia in search of answers to the greatest murder mystery in the history of Earth: the end-Permian extinction. The rocks that yielded answers were the same kinds of volcanic lavas that can be seen at night on the Moon, or in photos of Mars or Venus. The unyielding Russian engineering that owns the longevity record on the surface of Venus is now used to launch cosmonauts and astronauts from the other end of those same Siberian steppes. Not the data—not the years nor the numbers nor the temperature—but art, as Solzhenitsyn explained, is the only way to reach the heart and soften our pace as we move into another age of space exploration, this time as humans, the author hopes, and not as nations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalLeonardo
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications

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