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out-of-this-worldSpace is quite a mystery. So many possibilities lies out there. Even conspiracy theorist has so many things to say. Are we the only one in this vast universe? Does an intelligent being greater than human kind exists? Are we able to achieve exploring deep space?

Our ancestors have explored lands and some even successfully colonized uncharted lands. What’s to say we cannot do the same to space? With the proper technology, we can do anything. What we hope to achieve will depend on the assistance of others. With the aid of the greatest mind, we can reach even the deepest area of space.

We have so many questions, one of them is the question whether an intelligent being outside out planet exists. We cannot deny it or accept that these beings exists. We just do not have enough data to answer such questions. In time, an answer will certainly come out, and with patience and perseverance will we be able to receive the outcome.

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What can be answered today is the possibility of exploring space. We have achieved going to the Moon. In time, we will be able to reach other planets and perhaps, in a hundred years, we might have the capabilities to explore other galaxies. With our powerful telescopes, we can see that other planets exists. Whether there’s intelligent life on observed planets is still under observation as we cannot tell the answer yet.

I believe that we are not the only one in the vast universe though. Scientist also speculates that living organisms may exist on Jupiter’s icy Moon, Europa. What more can be said to other planets or Moons outside our scope of observation? It may be safe to safe that the possibility of living organisms exists, but intelligent beings might be questionable, since there’s a possibility that humans are the first intelligent beings to exist in the universe.

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We can look for ourselves by voyaging through space, or looking back in the past for any information regarding such beings, however we will eventually figure it out in time. The most important and achievable goal at this time is to further improve our capabilities to explore space. We have trained astronauts for the missions to go to space and great scientist to improve our technology.

In time, we will reach a technological feat that will allow us to reach our goals of space exploration, and perhaps even more. The speed of technological improvement is quite in an alarming rate. We may even be able to achieve great feats in less than a century. Questions that have been asked in the past, which we are unable to answer at the moment, may be answered in a hundred years or less. Colonizing other planets, and terraforming it to living human conditions may be achievable as well. Exploring outer space, may prove be sooner than expected. Humans have gained success beyond our imagination. People from the past will certainly be shocked at our current achievements, and I’m sure our generation, will too.

A look Into Man’s Curiosity

Curiosity has always led man either to lunacy or greatness. With the right questions to the right people, one will arrive at the desired answers. If you ask a question, recognized by today’s common sense as foolish, you will either be ignored or ridiculed. Only a few individual would actually lend an ear to you. Ultimately, you will be set aside and probably be forgotten in time.

In the old days, majority of the people of Earth believed the world was flat. Galileo Galilei, proposed that the Earth was not flat, but indeed a sphere. How did the people respond to him? According to history, he was obliged to abjure his error and declared the world remain flat. When someone threatens the belief of the majority, this is what usually will occur. In time, however, Galileo’s ideas prevailed and the Earth became a globe.

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When we lack the necessary technology to provide proof of our ideas, people will generally dismiss our thoughts without a second thought. Sometime in the past, another person said that human is capable of going out to space. Of course, he was also viewed unfavorably due to common beliefs at that time. Today, however, so many people are surprised at the feat what humans can do with perseverance. This invited many to express their beliefs as well.

Today, we view people that believe there are intelligent beings outside our planet, quite unfavorable as well. We cannot help but replicate what the majority did in the past, due to insufficient proof. I also have second thoughts about this, but I decided to let the people of the future to settle this and focus on what can be achieved at the moment. Going to space was thought to be impossible, but now we have so many satellites up there.

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Going to the Moon became possible. We arranged missions to achieve this. There were many simulations done before sending a manned mission to space. We have experience several failures, however we still persevere and continue to find ways to go to the Moon. When we achieved this, we celebrated so much of what we can do. Today, we are sending unmanned missions to Mars and are arranging the possibility of sending a manned mission in the future.

As my electrician friend always says – he sees that we will also achieve our goals eventually. Just as our ancestors have explored uncharted areas in the past and colonized those lands, we will eventually do the same to space. Colonizing space may take quite a while to achieve, but we do each steps carefully, learning from our past mistakes and generating the best possible outcome from research and tireless simulations. Exploring space is quite a wonderful voyage. We experience so many new things each day, surprising even the top scientist to even the most little details.

We sent out unmanned vehicles first, to assure the safety of exploration. Space is certainly different from our comfortable Earth, however we still walk towards it, because space is just that interesting.

A Step Towards Space

Success and failure has always been the cycle for progress. Without failure, we find ourselves unaware of other possibilities. We also accidentally discover new concepts through failure. By learning through our mistake, we are pushed to even greater success than what we originally aimed for. In space, so many things can go wrong. Space does not cooperate at all to our understanding.

Apollo 13 was a manned mission set to land on the moon. It was a failure due to an oxygen tank explosion. It was also labeled a success by retrieving the crew safely. This mission, did not achieve its goal to land on the moon, but instead provided experience on successfully rescuing the crew. This is actually quite a success for future astronaut’s safety.

Even if we experience failure, we still strive to achieve our goal by doing better when the next opportunity comes. We continue to learn, both from success and also from failure. To the successful missions, we further improve ourselves without completely deriving from the actions done to make the mission a success. We also apply what we have learned from our failure, thus further improving the chances of success.

Humans have always gone to greater lengths to achieve ones goal, even to the expense of our safety. This thought has divided some scholars as we also value the safety of the crew, rather than achieving the goal. Of course, without any second thoughts, I agree with prioritizing the safety of the crew above anything else. Just as air force pilots are more important than their planes, I also view the same idea towards astronauts. Life is certainly more important.

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Some scholars also had this thought, why not obtain both? Certainly, with prioritizing the safety of the crew, we lose the possibility of achieving the goal. However, if we view the goal as something else, such as obtaining the most possible way to rescue our crew from the peril of space, then we certainly achieved that wonderful goal. We can also view as the original goal as not a failure, but consider the incident as a preview for the next time the mission will be launched… this time, having perfected the previous scenario, totally grabbing our goal.

I believe that man can achieve anything, with determination and perseverance. We will further improve ourselves and reach greater feats than what we have in mind. Exploring space will further improve. Right now, we are getting better at reaching the Moon. Exploring other planets may prove to be a possibility in the near future, Mars being the first one. Soon, we will reach further out into space, going to other planets and perhaps also their Moon(s).

When we stop, we halt our progress. If we just start, even back from scratch, progress will be made. It may take us more time to achieve space exploration. However, I believe with applying what we have done in the past to make the mission a success along with our failure, our goal is just a step away.

 

Top Mysteries in the Universe

We are filled with spooky ideas on how the world is filled with unsolved mysteries. We all might be familiar with ghosts, ghouls and other eerie things in the world but there are some unsolved mysteries in the universe too. The way things happen in our world depend on how a lot of unseen forces happen in the universe. From dark matter to other strange things to explore in the universe. In this article we have discusses about some of the unsolved mysteries in the universe.

Dark Matter:

All we know about the universe is the stars and the planets which revolve around the earth. All these consist only about 5% of the entire universe. Scientist believes that there is something called the dark matter which is about 25% of the universe and no one really knows that is made up of. Researchers say that we cannot see dark matter, but they are pretty sure that it is existent as everything moves in its gravitational tune.

Scientists and other space researchers believe that the dark matter acts like a spider which holds all the universe together. There is so much evidence that dark matter exists but no one is quite sure that dark matter is really made up of or what it really means. Some scientists believe that dark matter is made up of particles which are still yet undiscovered while others believe that dark matter is the result of gravitational force. Dark matter still remains a mystery which needs to be solved.

Dark Energy:

If dark matter makes about 25% of the universe, then what does the rest of the universe made up of? Scientists believe that the rest 75% of the universe is made up of dark energy which has the energy to tear apart the entire universe. We know that dark matter is what acts like a spider web and holds everything together, dark energy is something which tears apart everything. Now the question which arises is, where the dark energy absorbs so much energy to tear up the entire universe. Some believe that it is the result of the quantum particles getting collided with each other but there is no proof of that, and no one really knows what happens or where so much energy is derived.

Antimatter:

Think that you are in a strange world where everything is upside down. What you consider is black will be white, what is up will be down and what you consider as the matter will be considered as antimatter. It is said that the subatomic particles which exist around us all have twins. All these twins are said to have the same mass as other particles, but it will have the opposite charge.

Things you might not know about Space

Space has always been a mysterious thing for most of us, and even though humans try so hard to discover new things in the space, there never seems to be an end to it. There are millions of things which are yet to be explored in space, and the following are some of the things you might not know about space:

Mercury is not the hottest planet:

Just because mercury is the closest planet to the sun, it does not mean that it is the hottest planet in the solar system. Many people blindly think that mercury is the closest planet in the solar system, but that is not the case. Venus which is the second closest planet to the sun happens to be the hottest planet in the solar system. Now you might be wondering why this might be the case, but if you take a closer look, you will come to know that Venus has a big and thick atmosphere which traps all the heat inside and makes Venus the hottest planet in the solar system. The entire concept is quite similar to how greenhouse gasses work in the earth. Heat gets trapped into the atmosphere, and it will not be able to escape and thus makes that planet the hottest in the solar system.

Pluto is smaller than the USA:

We all might be thinking that all planets are massive and magnificent. But when you take a closer look, Pluto is much smaller than the United States of America. We knew that Pluto was the smallest planet in the solar system, but we never knew that it would be smaller than the USA.

Pluto does not mark the edge of our solar system:

We all thought that the Planet Pluto marks the edge of our solar system, but that is not true. Our solar system is so huge, and the edge of our solar system is so much further away from our last planet. Today, scientist do not consider Pluto even as a planet and they believe that there are so many objects which are present beyond Pluto which is yet to be discovered.

Earth consist of many rare elements:

When you take a look at the composition of the earth, it is made up of iron, silicon, oxygen, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, nickel, sodium and aluminium. Such elements are merely traced elements in the space, but the earth is composed of such rare elements.

Rocks of Mars are present on Earth:

Yes, there are rocks of Mars present on the Earth, and the fun fact is that we did not bring those rocks from Mars. Scientists believe that meteorites would have blasted near mars and due to a volcanic eruption or collision, it would have hit the surface of the Earth.

Space Travel and its Contribution to Pesticide!?

So I just read an article and the contribution of space travel to pesticide, yes pesticide. I won’t spoil you and will be linking you to the article by the end of my little article, but it’s surprising how far humanity has come and at the same time how great technological achievements have also contributed to the everyday life of people. I am certain that the need to make the contribution to pesticide development was because of the inability of the guys in NASA to just call a Pest Control Company Jackson to clean out something as sensitive as space capsules and shuttles.

This isn’t exactly the first time space technology contributed to everyday life if you do a little research everything that made space travel possible went to commercial technology just right after they made it. This is to be expected from an organization that tries to be as transparent to the public as possible, a rare trait for a government organization to have, though they might have not exactly disclosed everything (cue X-files theme).

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It’s good to know that there are technological achievements made for the purpose of space travel now being used practically. Most of the time the question of “why waste money going to space?” pops up, we could only answer something about it being the “final frontier.” This though true and cool, may be not a good enough reason to some people who argue that we have problems here on earth yet to solve.

Ant-stronauts In Space

Did you know that there were “Ant-stronauts”?  Yes, Ant Astronauts! I was so amazed when I found out that this humble creature has already reached space.

The ants were on board of the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Ants in Space CSI-06 investigation. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and NASA collaborated with a team at Stanford University headed by Ecologist Deborah Gordon who is the Principal Investigator of the project.

Gordon studies the ants to observe their behavior when they collectively search for resources. Her investigation would reveal the adaptability and resourcefulness of an ant colony even in the harshest environment. The data gathered from this investigation could provide valuable algorithms for application in robotics and explorations. Electricians in Atlanta along with Columbus Oh electricians helped to develop new electrical wiring system for testing space programs.

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The select “ant-stronauts” were pavement ants (Tetramorium caespitum). They were housed in an apparatus called Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus Science Insert (CSI) during the launch and while on-board the ISS. How cool is that?

Now, I am reminded of the ant infestation in my Grandmother’s house in Bakersfield. I am not sure if it was a common pavement ant like the “ant-stronauts” but it was all over her house. My grandma is very particular about cleanliness so she didn’t have an idea where the ants came from. The ants just didn’t go after the food, they also colonized her cabinets. Even her trusty mothballs didn’t stop the invasion. Defeated, my grandma called an exterminator in Bakersfield CA to deal with the problem. It didn’t take long from the time they did the pest control that ants were all gone. Grandma nagged Mom to have our home checked as well. True enough, there were signs of pests in our house that we have not noticed. The exterminator fixed them, too.

Going back to our hero of the day, the “ant-stronauts“, the search algorithms observed from their behavior can be applied to robotic technology. This would allow missions to operate with minimal supervision and control. It would also help in developing cheaper and more efficient search and exploration strategies. Think about using this to explore Mars and other distant planets!

It is interesting to know that simple insects, such as ants, can inspire scientists to create things that can possibly take us to the next level in space exploration. I wonder what insect will be the next astronaut.

The researchers encourage people to conduct their own experiments, too. Research guides and resources are available online. I am actually thinking of doing it but I have not seen an ant in our house for a long time. It seems like the pest control really worked!