Just for a little while turn off the PBS science narrator in your head. Why should there be beauty? What is it for?
I was motivated to do this study after two papers were published in 2018 on the difficulty of launching rockets from super-earths.
In principle, the conjoining of the many Rare Earth factors could overwhelm the available probabilistic resources and serve as evidence for Earth’s design.
I remember watching the Apollo moon landings on TV from 1969 to 1972 as a child.
Adam Kirsch over the weekend had a thoughtful essay in the Wall Street Journal, meditating on the coming 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.