It is very rare that people outside science can catch a glimpse of what it feels to accomplish something in science. Scientists don’t receive a huge media coverage when a grad student finally manages to synthesize a molecule after working on it for months. Even with the discovery of the Higgs boson the coverage centered on the science and not on the people behind it. But imagine just for a moment working at CERN and receiving the news that you have finally found the Higgs! Think about how that must have felt after spending years looking for it.
People sometimes see scientists as cold, automated experiment-making machines because they only tend to see the end result, the hard science facts and the experimental details that took to achieve the goal. But if they could look at the day to day, at our frustrations, at the happiness after reaching tiny milestones and the final sense of triumph maybe they would see us differently. And that is what the #plutoflyby showed yesterday….
It all started when I saw this tweet by Speaking up for science:
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Research on science education has showed that one of the main reasons kids (and specially girls) are not interested in science is because they perceive scientists as cold and without passion. But we are passionate and get super excited when we make new discoveries. And how could one not being excited after seeing this:
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But I think the most exciting part was when we were waiting for the signal that the New horizons was alive:
And when we finally got it:
And I have to admit I had tears in my eyes too.
You see this collection of tweets shows scientists are human with feelings and the world got to see it.
As a side note this incredible achievement gave little girls around the world a new role model Alice bowman:
I had the same thought too!