Space: It’s cold. It’s boring. It’s not our concern.

The news that some rank gas on Venus is a strong (though not conclusive) indicator of microbial life outside our planet has been greeted with much enthusiasm. The truth, perhaps, is really out there, albeit far smaller and less intelligent than X-Files promised.

It is also, I suggest, none of our business. The contents of the cold, empty darkness beyond Earth’s orbit are not really our concern. Space is not for humans, and we should leave it alone.

The physical attributes of space make this obvious. Other planets, various nonplanetary bodies, and the void of space itself are not suited to human life.


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