“Columbus forced everyone to rethink, redesign and rebuild their world view.That’s what we’re doing here. To put it in 15th-century terms, we’ve reached the Canary Islands. Getting to where we ultimately want to go is a slow process that involves astronomers, aeronautical engineers, biochemists, anthropologists and businessmen.
Dimitar Sasselov, professor of astrophysics and director of Harvard University’s Origins of Life Initiative Project
“Globalization is complete,” Sasselov said in an interview with Bloomberg.com at the World Economic Forum Conference in Davos, Switzerland, tapping his smart phone into the radio-telescope transmissions that on Nov. 12, 2002, led him to discover OGLE-TR-56b, the exosolar planet that he unofficially named Sheila, after his wife.