“When we look out into space, we are looking into our own origins, because we are are truly children of the stars. Written into every atom and every molecule of our bodies is the entire history of the Universe, from The Big Bang to the present day.
Our story is the story of the Universe. Every piece of everyone, of everyone you love, everyone you hate, of the thing you hold most precious, was assembled from the forces of nature in the first few minutes of the life of the Universe. Transformed in the hearts of stars or created in their fiery deaths.
And, when you die those pieces will be returned to the Universe in the endless cycle of death and rebirth.”1
- Cox, Bryan. “Wonders of the Universe: Stardust. BBC 2, Sunday March 13, 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zm833 [↩]