The path it took was nicknamed “VEEGA: Venus-Earth-Earth Gravity Assist. Galileo would slingshot once by Venus, and twice from Earth, gathering the momentum to r... ... middle of paper ... ...red future plans to orbit it and possible send in a lander. The radiation Jupiter produces made it hard for Galileo to come close to the inner moon and scientist thought it would be best to save that for last. The successful flybys led to the discovery of erupting fountains of lava on Io. The next mission was titled Galileo Millennium Mission which lasted till 2001.
We flew to the moon in 1969, but now we have the power to fly to Mars. In the near future, Terraforming Mars will not just be a science fictional idea. It could actually be done. It is a long process to do, but it can be done. Imagine the power of technology hundreds of years from now.
To National Science Foundation, The existence of extra-terrestrial life was once considered almost impossible. However, as humans delve deeper into space, science, and technology the idea seems to be formulating that perhaps we are not the only intelligent life forms. The thought has changed from a perspective of “if” we will encounter intelligent life outside of our own, but “when” and what will be the outcome. With NASA’s confirmation that there are at least 3000 other galaxies that have been observed with a new telescope it is a hard sell to say that there is no possible way that there could be any other “intelligence” in space besides our own race. The hypothesis that I have generated through studying research both for and against is that alien life forms are present in our galaxy or neighboring galaxy it is just a matter of time before we are able to discover them.
The idea to colonize Mars is thought to be a long shot but researchers believe it is possible. It’s crazy to think that one day there could be another planet like Earth. However, the researchers for the Mars-one program have been figuring out ways to do it. Mars is about 35 million miles away from the earth so one of the hardest parts of it all will be getting there (UCSB). To successfully colonize Mars you need to know; how to get there, who would go, and how to survive once you’re there.
As of right now, we are very limited with what technology we have. We have crude rockets and very, very inefficient rockets that use up 610 tons of liquid oxygen and 100 tons of liquid hydrogen to send a space shuttle to the moon and back. Without better technology, we can’t even hope to reach other planets within a reasonable amount of time. The closest Venus gets to Earth is 38 million km and it would take about 150 days for us to reach it. This is a relatively short amount of time if you compare it to how long it took a rover to reach mars.
Currently, a market forming is around the larger companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, the real world implications of the companies have began to progress from prototyping their designs to fulfilling their first goals in almost half the time that it took NASA to put a man on the moon. The competition with private companies controlling the space industry will lead to strong and quicker advances in space exploration and travel. Every revolutionary idea passes through three stages of reaction: 1. It’s impossible. 2.
These ideas are soon to become our realities. NASA is currently experimenting with many methods to try to explore the outer edges of the galaxy. In order to understand NASA’s excitement about star traveling, we will first fly through current projects concerning space travel, second explore three possible technologies being experimented with for the year 2000, finally take a trip into our future and experience how star traveling will change our lives as we approach the end of the second millenium. NASA’s goal of faster, better, cheaper has been the motivation for them to develop new mission concepts, and to validate never-before-used technologies in space. The new technologies, if proven to work, will revolutionize space exploration in the next century.
In 1609 Galileo modified a three-powered spy glass; although Galileo did not invent the first telescope, his high quality modifications were well known and very popular. His alterations helped clarify the idea that the earth and planets revolve around the sun as opposed to the other way around. This powerful telescope, for its time, also helped astronomers see that there was a vast universe with a myriad of stars just waiting to be discovered (“The First Telescopes”). Just as Columbus’s discoveries of the new world influenced countries to explore into the “new world,” the American continent, there are countless of new worlds in outer space waiting for humanity to discover. With advancing technology and more knowledge so much more is possible.
“It 's highly unlikely we 're alone in the universe, NASA experts are saying, and we may be close to finding alien life. In fact, it may happen in the next two decades.” (Gates) With all these compelling theories and stories it’s hard not to believe that there is extraterrestrial life somewhere out in the universe amongst the billions of stars. While some may still be skeptical about life outside earth or they just fear the thought of creatures unlike humans roaming the universe it’s unlikely that we are not alone in this world. Aliens are something that is becoming more realistic with all the evidence and encounters people are reporting. It’s a fact of life we are not the only things floating along in this universe.
In an interview with Elon Musk, he discusses how mining asteroids will one day be able to sustain the space economy. When Musk refers to the space economy he is referencing his idea and plan of one day colonizing Mars along with constant interplanetary travel. “Others [asteroids] are substantial and potentially packed full of water and various important minerals, such as nickel, cobalt, and iron. One day, advocates believe, those objects will be tapped by variations on the equipment used in the coal mines of Kentucky or in the diamond mines of Africa. And for immense gain: According to industry experts, the contents of a single asteroid could be worth trillions of dollars” (Shaer).