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November 30, 2022

 

Civilian Space Travel

In the article, “You Decide: Civilian Space Travel,” I learned that there was a group of four civilians who had the opportunity to go around the earth. Some civilians are now allowed to take part in space travel. Even though this might sound exciting or fun there are many things that you have to do before you’re able to do this. You’ll have to go through long training, spend a lot of money, and you’ll be exposed to the dangers of spaceflight. But there are also benefits to this space travel. For example, being able to use space travel for good  purposes, providing information, and being able to experience being in space.

I think that us citizens should not be space traveling. I think I should be left to people who have experience with this, such as professionals that have studied this. Going through the training won’t add up to the same experiences they have. It can be very dangerous for civilians that don’t have the same experience as the professionals. 

What do you think? Would you space travel if you were given the opportunity? 


Civilian Space Travel

In the article “You Decide: Civilian Space Travel” I learned that people are traveling to space. A CEO, a physician assistant, an aerospace data engineer, and a pilot/geoscientist–became the first all-civilian crew to orbit Earth on a mission called Inspiration. This helped people learned about space and what it has to offer. Traveling to space has helped people in many ways. Like they get to learn new things and how they can use space to help them on Earth.


What do you think? Should people travel to space?

I think what is happening is a good thing because it helps people learn and understand new things. Although some people might not agree with exploring space. But I think it is important to learn about space and what it has to offer.


Should civilians be able to travel to space? 

Everyone dreams of being an Astronaut, and now it’s even more of a possibility to be one more than ever. In YOU DECIDE: Civilian Space travel by BTW it talks about the pros and cons of it. 

I think that it is so cool that this is a possibility but others do not, some might say that it takes a lot of training “The training to go into space is extensive”. They are not wrong but the people going into space are paying a lot of money to do so. “While expensive, space travel can be used for philanthropic purposes’ ‘ the people who do this cover their costs, even though it costs a lot of money. 


What do you think about citizens being able to buy a spot on a spaceship?

Some people might want to go for fun but by doing this, we could also extend out knowledge about how humans respond to being in space, “Civilians in space can also provide important research into human health and the effects of zero gravity on the body.” This would be super beneficial to our knowledge of the human body. 


The Issue with NASA

I am passionate about this issue because I am very interested in space/space travel, and I feel that the importance of organizations such as NASA and SpaceX is often overlooked by the general public. Exploring space frontiers is a necessity for human progression, as it can help expand human knowledge about our surroundings and potentially create a “backup home” for humans during severe events such as the beginning of a nuclear war.
Before I started this project, I was aware about what NASA did but I did not fully understand the issues it had with funding. However, I was generally aware that most people didn’t understand the importance of NASA and so it wasn’t very well funded.
I now know that NASA receives approximately 0.5% of the national government funding, and that NASA’s progress is being hindered by two general ideas: presidents change every 4-8 years, and each president changes the goals and aims of various NASA projects; and people don’t fully recognize the importance of NASA as an organization, with very little focus on increasing their budgets.


Six Reasons We Should Build a Base on the Moon

After learning that NASA might have plans to go back to the moon under the Trump administration, I was inspired to get to the root of whether this would be a good idea. The past three presidents have changed the agenda of space travel three different times which has proved troublesome in terms of budgeting and efficiency because this occurs every 4-8 years. So why should we change this agenda again and potentially set us back several years agains? Through research I hoped to find why the Moon should be our first goal at the moment.

Beginning my research I was looking for articles that expressed some of the advantages and disadvantages for both the moon and mars being our number one goal. Upon a simple google search I found two great articles from Space.com that brought these opposing views and helped me realize that both sides have some validity and that this topic is arguable for both sides. One specific worry of going back to the moon was that NASA would become, “sidetracked with years upon years of lunar exploration.” After all we would basically be discovering an entire planet from scratch. 

One of the more interesting articles that I read and decided to use as my annotations was from National Geographic. This site gave six great reasons as to why we should build a moon base. These reasons were, to maintain US influence, pave way for other applications, to learn more about the moon, assess health impacts of living in space, to learn to build and operate a extraterrestrial base, and to set forth our goal of becoming an interplanetary species. You can find some further thoughts of mine at the site. The main point this article helped me come to was that Mars is still a great goal to reach for in the future but to ensure safety and efficiency I believe it would be smartest to use the Moon as a sort of stepping stone for our further exploration of space. I think it is fine for private companies to go for Mars but as a national agenda and for NASA we should focus on the Moon. One quote I really liked was, “If we ever want to build a colony on Mars, the first step may be to prove ourselves on the moon.” Like I said the moon must be a stepping stone to perfect our practices such as space-living and getting a reliable source of water and food. Once we prove ourselves on the moon, we will be ready for the real challenge, Mars. 

 


Maybe the universe never ends, or maybe it does…

Consider the organisms and bacteria living in us, for example Microscopic mites living on our faces or Friendly bacteria that help our bodies function internally. They are all apart of a system that leads to a bigger being, which is us, but then we as humans are in a system leading to something bigger than ourselves. I’m not saying what I am thinking is a totally legit theory, it’s just a fun idea, and maybe our floating piece of rock is apart of a normal functioning thing. Of course, we are more aware of our existence and surroundings than a demodex folliculorum, and trying to compare ourselves to a bacteria is a bit insulting. Then there’s those actual questions and theories about whether space ends or loops around on itself.

Our galaxy could be inside another and another, and that means space is endless and there is no edge to the vacuum we live in. I wonder sometimes if we could travel through space, would we be afraid of getting lost and we wouldn’t be able to find our way back to earth? Then there’s the other idea where our galaxy is just looping around. I see a black sphere speckled with stars and black holes are sink holes leading to other random places. How wrong is my interpretation of that thought? What happens if the sphere grew? What would the inside of the sphere mean? or are we on the inside of the sphere and black holes lead us out to a bigger place?

Does the Universe Have an Edge?  Explained the ballooning universe where we are ants living on a galactic balloon. When the sphere expands, or in this case the balloon expands, the distance to travel between a place to another is elongated. When the balloon expands, it becomes three dimensional and the universe is considered not to be three dimensional. So the analogy doesn’t really work. Then the universe could be a sphere with a horizon that seems endless, and we are ants moving round and round trying to find the end. Does the Universe Have an Edge? Entertains the idea that the universe could be endless in our heads when really it’s just looping. I don’t ever expect an actual answer, but I do like listening to the possibilities.

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