SPACE TRAVEL: HOW CLOSE ARE WE TO TRAVELING

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“When will we go?”


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There will come a day where we as a species will be able to just casually travel to space. Sounds far-fetched now, but in the future the opportunity could open up. Entrepreneur Elon Musk shot a car into space and former CEO and founder of Virgin Mobile Richard Branson has had plans for years of creating a means for people to go outside of Earth’s atmosphere. But the reason for this type of travel being derailed is because of government intervention. There are way too many safety precautions that are taken into consideration before traveling into space.

cost

Before I mention that Branson wanted to take some people into space. But the price tag for those initial people would be very hefty. And that is another reason why the space travel could take a lot of time to accomplish. Trying to make sure that the cost to travel were together would be steep. Currently our government spends billions to go into space. Now as the technology becomes better, then you will see more and more travels into space. But the danger and the cost are the two factors keeping space travel from happening. But what are the other reasons for space travel being put on hold?

destination?

Once you leave Earth’s atmosphere you are now in space. But the question still lingers, “Where are we going to go?” There is only on place you can travel and come back to Earth safely; the Moon. Traveling to Mars is a one trip journey. And that is because the body cannot readjust back on Earth after dealing with the pressures of Mars. And there is nothing interesting about traveling to the Moon. We have been there plenty of times, and nothing interesting is really going to transpire from a journey to the Moon. And anything beyond that point is far too dangerous. But there are Earth like planets, but they are far. Meaning developing better technology; easier said than done.

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Wanting to go far beyond the Earth to other Earth like planets will means traveling at the speed of light. Otherwise taking a ride a few hundred million, billion, or even trillions of miles. So in other words it’s not going to happen. But there was a mini satellite that took pictures of Saturn. But what happens when we are truly able to stretch our minds to reach certain speeds and travel greater distances. Then it won’t seem that crazy. And then there will eventually come a time where traveling to the Moon is almost comedic.


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MAN OVER ROVER: WILL WE EVER SAFELY SET FOOT ON MARS

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“We’ve been there, just not as humans.”


THE RED PLANET

The planet Mars is the fourth planet away from the Sun, right behind us at third. Even though Mars is a terrestrial planet we are unable to inhabit the planet for a number of reasons. Number one, the oxygen on the planet is less than 1%, so we would die fast. Another downside is the extremely cold temperatures that could cost us our lives. The average annual temperature is around -64 degrees Fahrenheit (-53 degrees Celsius), and can reach as high as -199 degrees Fahrenheit (128 Celsius). And on top of this surface chemicals, UV Radiation, and low pressure systems. Below is a video of scientist views of what man must do to prepare a Mars visit. This video was created from a live recording at the Viking 40th Anniversary Symposium in July 2016. To watch the original talk please visit:http://bit.ly/2bk1PGk

WHY GO?

Now, your initial question might be, “Well what’s so interesting about Mars that we would want to visit?” For starters, we have already visited the Moon, now we have to travel to Mars just out of curiosity alone. But another more obvious reason is that have a rover that has been moving about the planet collecting information for years now.  One of the main goals for collecting information is seeing how much, if at all possible, the idea of life existing on Mars from a microbiology standpoint. Humans will have to wait to visit for some time because of the health effects. The below video is an explanation for what the rover can do on Mars. → ©National Geographic

ALL THE POSSIBILITIES

Once we are able to work over time how the planet operates, the we can start to reach deeper into our minds to figure out the possibility of building on Mars. Now the rover alone cost $2.5 billion. Image result for BUILD ON MARSSo when you’re talking about building an actual lab on Mars, you’re talking close to in no $100 billion or more. And when I say building a lab, I mean something like the photo to the left. And that is just the setting up of a lab, but what about the colonization. That is something that will take even longer to happen. When you’re talking colonization, in the distant would be 500 years to 1,000 years from now. A video documentary below explains the idea of colonizing Mars. The video below is from http://www.documentaryvideosworld.com.

 


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ALIENS: WE WAIT, THEY WATCH!

As I sit here, I think to myself how interesting it is to me how much we sit and wait for the return. If you think I’m referring to religion, then no, not the return of God. I’m talking about the aliens on this planet. All my life, I’ve heard about the aliens that are supposedly out there in the universe. Watching and waiting for an opportunity to come to earth. But then I started to think about who the aliens could be. Maybe they are not coming in peace nor wanting to war with earth. Maybe just maybe, they feel we are far too boring to deal with, or they’re far too advanced for us. That’s right, as much as people think we are so special, aliens might feel there is nothing special about us. We build homes, cars, manufacture cars and clothes, build skyscrapers, even put man on the moon. Aliens probably look at us like, “Awww, look at these cute little humans.” “They’re building these little engines for carrying humans.” “Oh look, they even built an aircraft; even reaching space.” Our genius could be seen as something futile to an alien. Or maybe it’s something more humorous than we know.

That’s right, I said humorous, like entertainment. Aliens might look at Earth as cable television with countries as the television networks; meanwhile country’s conflicts are like television shows. For instance, Israel and Palestine is the channel while their conflict serves as a television show. These two groups of people throwing rocks and shooting at each other is like humans watching the discovery channel as Cheetahs chase down Gazelles. To us as people, we see the conflict as serious, but it’s entertainment to them. America is another channel, while our race for President serves as another show. The Presidency could be seen as a new season of television where main character changes every four seasons. Aliens look on and go, “Wow, didn’t see that coming.” “Americans are making some odd selections this season.” “These characters are not as interesting as the past.”

Even our entertainment might serve as entertainment to them. Or it might even be seen as something odd and confusing. Aliens might think to themselves, “What are they doing?” “Sitting in front of a box and watching each other run around with balls and sticks.” Arenas could be seen as just as confusing and odd. “Why are these humans watching other humans run around and put balls in hoops?” Sports, if not odd or confusing, might even be seen as a bit of a dumb activity. Oh, and don’t bring up our science. The Hubble Telescope and other space endeavors might be another confusing aspect of humanity. They could be thinking, “What are they doing with that telescope (assuming they even call it a telescope)?” “Then they go, “Awww, they’re trying to take pictures of the Big Bang.” “Only if they knew, they’re not even 1% close to solving anything.”

In the end, maybe there is someone who will eventually, if not a group of people that will come close to finding extra terrestrial life. This life could be something super intelligent or maybe they’re not that special themselves. Maybe we’ve been seeking other life and the life is already here. Asteroids hit Earth that killed the dinosaurs. Asteroids carry cells made capable of evolving. In that case, maybe we’re the aliens. Maybe we’re the ones from another planet that evolved into what we are today. Well, we won’t know, well at least no time soon.