Typically, astronomers use their precious telescope time to search for specific molecules or atoms.
We were on our way to Planet Earth... who could even imagine that The new wide-band spectrometer at Arecibo could digest 800 megahertz chunks of data at a time.
From first book:
"Later at night... I dreamt of my only true love. Why am I here, on this damned planet?
Dreamsequence...."She has her blond hair tied up with a blue ribbon. Her name is Harriet!
Sometimes she would joke that she is Mata Hari. She is strange girl... but so beautiful!"
Bongo was my only companion friend now.... I fell asleep again.
God was watching over me that night. I was the only one who had survived."