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SEDS-Saving Space Exploration

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SEDS-Saving Space Exploration

Space exploration was once a fascinating part of human culture. Back in the 60’s, when getting to the moon was a top priority, and exploring the features of other planets interested people, the space program had the momentum to pull off bigger and better things. To explore stars not even in our galaxy and even possibly pull off the feat of discovering extraterrestrial life was something people only dreamed about. Once being only in the imagination, space travel is a reality.

Nowadays, many people have lost interest in the space program. With people’s interests in space exploration dwindling, as well as internal problems with the NASA program, funding has been cut short, and continued development in space exploration has been stunted.

SEDS, which stands for Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, is one of the programs that is trying to bring the space program back to the prestige it held in the 60’s and is also attempting to regenerate public interest in space exploration.

SEDS was founded in 1980 at MIT and Princeton and consists of an international group of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from different educational backgrounds who are to promote the development and exploration of space as a whole (www.SEDS.org).

One of the unique aspects about the organization is its dedication to being a youth-oriented organization. On the organization’s main website, the SEDS mission statement says SEDS supports a network of students across many of the nation’s top colleges. The mission statement also says the organization encourages young people who are interested in space to become a member of their organization. The SEDS mission statement also states by becomin...

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The three chapters of SEDS that were analyzed all have their own qualities, and in one way or another contribute with the goal SEDS has set for the organization. All three chapters have flaws, but looking at whether the chapters did what they were supposed to do the chapters, for the most part, accomplished their goal. Information was provided from credible sources, as the information helps people become informed of space exploration. The goal of getting people physically involved with projects of space exploration is not completely fulfilled because of the lack of depth the descriptions of the projects have, and the lack of information of how to get involved in those projects. However, the overall goal of saving space exploration can be accomplished if SEDS uses their chapters wisely and continues to expand their organization across colleges nation-wide.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that space exploration was once a fascinating part of human culture, and the space program had the momentum to pull off bigger and better things.
  • Explains that many people have lost interest in the space program due to funding cuts and internal problems with the nasa program.
  • Explains seds, which stands for students for the exploration and development of space, is one of the programs that is trying to bring the space program back to the prestige it held in the 60’s.
  • Explains that seds was founded in 1980 at mit and princeton and consists of an international group of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from different educational backgrounds.
  • Explains the seds mission statement, which says the organization supports a network of students across many of the nation's top colleges, and encourages young people interested in space to become members.
  • Opines that focusing on young people is a good approach, especially when the goal of the organization is to revive something. seds members are people interested in doing as much as they can to promote space exploration and development.
  • Explains that seds is divided into chapters that are connected to the main organization. members of different universities organize the chapters.
  • Explains that seds has a home website, which leads to websites of different chapters. a website is crucial to an organization's success because it is the main source of information.
  • Explains that seds chapters come from purdue university, virginia tech, and university of oklahoma. if a person is interested in space exploration, they may need help choosing the best web site.
  • Opines that the design of a website can influence the reader's perception and credibility of the website.
  • Analyzes how the three chapters have a similar look to the home seds website, with their own subtle differences.
  • Explains that the seds homepage sets the tone of how a reader will react to the website as they view the rest. the main goal of each chapter is to get people who have consumed the information involved in space-related activities within their specific chapter.
  • Analyzes how the purdue chapter of seds does not include much information on space exploration, and the brief descriptions of the projects are not too helpful.
  • Explains that the virginia tech and oklahoma chapters have basic space exploration information for the casual observer. space news and updates appeal to the ethos and logos of the reader.
  • Analyzes how the virginia tech chapter's first page has a list of officers and links to notes from old meetings, but nothing in those notes or the website accomplishes its mission to get people involved in space-related projects.
  • Explains that the university of oklahoma chapter of seds is the best all-around chapter out of the three chapters being analyzed.
  • Explains that the three chapters of seds that were analyzed all have their own qualities and contribute to the organization's goal.
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