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Chris Impey

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Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor in the Astronomy Department and Associate Dean in the College of Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has written popular articles on astronomy and is the author of a number of popular science books. The Living Cosmos is a tour of the search for life in the universe, and the pair of books How It Ends and How It Began cover the origin and fate of everything in the universe. Talking About Life is a series of conversations with pioneers in astrobiology. With Holly Henry, he wrote about the scientific and cultural impact of a dozen iconic NASA missions, Dreams of Other Worlds. A book about his experiences teaching cosmology to Tibetan monks, Humble Before the Void was published i ...more

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“Nature guards its secrets zealously, and it takes grit and determination to shed light on them.”
Chris Impey, Einstein's Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes

“Unfortunately life rarely mimics art. If life is like a movie, it doesn’t end with a climactic scene; more often the celluloid gets grainy and frayed and the actors forget their lines. If life is like a concert, it doesn’t end in a crescendo; more often the instruments go out of tune, the musicians wander off, and the music peters out.”
Chris Impey, How It Ends: From You to the Universe

“The Moon’s low gravity and slow rotation mean that a space elevator could be built with materials already available. The honeycomb fiber called M5 is lighter and stronger than Kevlar; a ribbon 3 centimeters wide and 0.02 millimeter thick could support 2,000 kilograms on the lunar surface or 100 climbers with a mass of 600 kilos each, evenly spaced along the ribbon. We could build a lunar elevator right now.”
Chris Impey, Beyond: Our Future in Space

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