Who knew that life in Outer Space was so fragile?
OH MY GOD OPEN THE POD BAY DOORS, TIM. #StargazingLive
— Carli Harris (@Carli_H)
Watching Tim Peake’s spacewalk on StargazingLive had the nation on tenterhooks and me on the edge of my seat as the obvious became apparent, for the first time: this Starman stuff is an extraordinarily dangerous life-and-death gig.
“Who’s heard of Mae Jemison?” I asked last night as I kicked off our first Hour Of Code. I was dazzled by this all-singing, all-dancing Superwoman in my teenage years, but I understand why there’s such ambivalence to science and technology in our communities.
How does a community that had really been the object of scientific and medical scrutiny for generations — with really negative outcomes — come to see science and technology as a positive thing, or something that can be used for self-knowledge and liberation?
So asks Alondra Nelson in The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations And Reconciliation After The Genome. It’s one hell of a question – and this is a beginning – so my answer would be: “With baby steps.”