Sketchnotes on Exoplanets and Love with Natalie Batalha+Enlarge image

Oftentimes, for many of us, our way into the world of science is through the night skies, through astronomy, through NASA. We're drawn to space and frontiers only limited by our imaginations. Natalie Batalha, a mission scientist on NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, brings this same sense of childhood astonishment and wonder to us in our show, "On Exoplanets and Love."

This week's sketchnotes by Doug Neill captures moments of her insights that, we hope, will lure you into listen and read. Quotations from Carl Sagan and rainbows in oil puddles are only the tip of the iceberg with this show. I encourage you to print it out, hang it on your door or in your office. Share with others. Listen and talk about what you see and what you heard.

Comment here and tell us what take-away phrases and ideas you might have added to the graphic record. And, please, continue to share your feedback about this medium and if you find it a gateway to the podcast.

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Human experience as portal to the universe ...

Oh yeah. Thanks for adding that one to my memory, too. Loved it.

My favorite quote from this show.

"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."
Carl Sagan

Having first heard the radio program with Natalie Batalha, I'm surprised! Indian background? but excellent English/American accent... non-technical language, but accurate use of words (how can she also have such good command of technical subjects?). All contributed to my enjoyment at hearing this program early on a Sunday morning with a blizzard raging outside. Too bad I'm 73 years old. And I have minimal scientific background. However, I've always marveled at J. Kepler's life-long dedication and wished that computers had been then what they are now...wonder what his life would have been? Maybe he would have participated in SNL? And the whole world would have been poorer?

In our work we have used the idea of "connection" to help people build effective relationships in the workplace. This interview helped me reinforce my commitment to that philosophy and adds a new scientific dimension to it. I love this visual! I will go back and listen to the interview again with this in hand. The idea of humans as portals to the universe grabbed me. I was driving while listening and that was the one note I made as soon as I could stop the car. If the global community could stop fighting long enough to look to the heavens above and ponder the possibility of our human connectedness we just might find peace on earth. Thank you Doug and Natalie.

The more we bring the sense of cosmic interconnection into our minds and spirits the sooner and better we may evolve our belief systems and humankind. The ecstasy of learning and discovering more about the great mysteries will need to be matched with accepting our vulnerability, always balancing confidence with humility. That expansion of consciousness is meaningful to the extent we expand our love from the miracle that is me and mine to include the ever expanding splendor of the Living Earth and the Cosmos.

Natalie Batalha blew me away with the analogy of dark matter, the unseen force that connects the universe to itself, to love, the unseen force that connects families, friends, neighborhoods +++. Next time I'm with Dougie, my eight-year-old grandson, we're firing up that telescope I gave him and talk about what we see . . . and can't see. Thank you, Natalie, for this wonderful thought!

An excellent program. I suggest it to youngsters to encourage their imaginations and desire to learn.
"The human mind never lacks fresh nourishment"

We are of course all manifestations of the very stardust that formed us. The universe is our ultimate mother. Most people love their mothers. Hence we love the universe.